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Drosera capensis  L.
Cape sundew
Drosera capensis is a perennial herb that is not native to California.
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Genus: Drosera
Family: Droseraceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Wetlands: Occurs in wetlands

Communities: escaped cultivar

Name Status:
Accepted by PLANTS

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[Wikipedia] Carnivory: Drosera capture insects by luring them with their glossy, magenta-hued beads of false "nectar" (seen covering the tentacles of healthy leaves); this nectar is, of course, merely sticky droplets made-up of digestive enzymes. The secretions act as a visual attractant to nearby insects, as it shines in the sun (hence the common name of sundew). Furthermore, when Drosera plants come into bloom, the flowers themselves bring more potential prey to the vicinity of the plant. (link added by Mary Ann Machi)

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 07/21/2024).