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Drosera basifolia is a carnivorous plant from Western Australia.
Drosera basifolia is an upright tuberous sundew
Like all tuberous tuberous it grows in winter (from September to May) and goes dormant in summer, in dry hot season, forming the tuber.
Drosera basifolia is a tuberous sundew on sale at diflora’s webshop: it’s an easy to grow erect form of Drosera.
Diflora began the micropropagation of Drosera basifolia by seeds from Allen Lowrie. Micropropagation allows the preservation of the mother plant genome avoiding contamination and genetic variation caused by traditional pollination followed by seeds production
Drosera basifolia grows indoors during the winter period (from November to March) under LED lights placed at 20°C. During the warm period (April to October) the plant is grown outside in full sun.
Among the tuberous sundew with erect growth, It is certainly one of the most colorful. It has a very nice red trap that seems to be a Jellyfish.
As all sundews Drosera basifolia catch mainly small flying insects using sticky modified trichomes placed all over their leaves. These trichomes secrete droplets of water and polysaccharides attracting insects that are searching for sugary substances, like nectar.. As the unawares visitors fatally fly on those sweet and lethal leaves, they stay glued and unable to fly away. It is caused mainly by droplet viscosity. Slowly, the dense liquid of the nearby trichomes wrap the insect causing a macabre destiny for the unlucky victim: the tracheas, respiratory holes placed on the surface of the exoskeleton of insects, are obstructed causing their death by suffocation.
Shape: prostrate in early stage, then erect
Leaf color: bronzed green
Trap color: red-green
Type: tuberous sundew with erect form, easy to grow.
Shipping: in pot 6.5cm ceramic color diameter.
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