Drosera zeyheri gets its name from the Greek word dosos meaning dew and the second part of its name refers to C. Zeyher, a well known botanist.

Information on D. zeyheri is limited as part of the botanical community still considers this plant to be part of D. cistiflora which grows in the South African provinces of North Cape, Eastern Cape and Western Cape. It occurs localized but often in dense populations as islands in the surrounding vegetation.

The plant grows in seasonably moist sandy substrate.

This species is a summer dormant sundew, meaning that it only actively grows in the cooler and wetter months of the year. It survives the extreme dry conditions of the South African summer (November - March) by storing water and nutrients in thick fleshy and fibrous roots.

Drosera zeyheri differs from D. cistiflora in that is considerably smaller.

It forms just a basal rosette from which a small, upright stem will grow with only 3 or 4 leaves. In all other aspects except size it is similar to D. cistiflora (see description).

The flowers are white, pink or red and occur in August and September in the wild.

Cultivation is not easy. Plants are grown in a peat and sand mix and kept only slightly moist during most of the year. By the end of the summer watering is increased and growth should occur. Watering should be reduced when summer returns, just giving a slight overhead watering.

As D. zeyheri is a much localized species and information on occurrence is limited and not always separated from D. cistiflora it is of paramount importance that all lineages are retained in cultivation and propagated to preserve the natural variation of this species. If you grow distinct strains or location forms that are not in the Rare South African carnivorous plants Collection, and are willing to donate or sell plants, cuttings or seeds of legally cultivated plants to Ark of Life, please contact the team through this contact page of this website.

If you cultivate D. zeyheri, but are unable to contribute material to the Rare South African carnivorous plants Collection, however would still like to help save this species, please register your plants with Ark of Life, so that we can develop a breeding program and record all location forms of this critically endangered plant in cultivation.

plant from the Darling Area

 

plant from the Darling Area

plant from the Gordon's Bay Area

plant from the Gordon's Bay Area

plant from the Darling Area, the rare cream flowered form!

plant from the Darling Area, the rare cream flowered form!

plant from the Darling Area, the rare cream flowered form!

Thanks to Dr. Andreas Fleischmann for providing the last two flower pictures!