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Drosera glabripes is a carnivorous plant for sale in the diflora shop: a subtropical Drosera from South Africa.
Drosera glabripes is a carnivorous plant for sale in the diflora shop: a subtropical Drosera from the Western Cape province in South Africa.
Diflora began propagating in vitro Drosera glabripes from sterile flask. Micropropagation makes it possible to preserve and guarantee the genetics of the mother plant; here, with this technique, genetic variations typical of classical propagation (pollination and subsequent seed production) are avoided.
Drosera glabripes is grown indoors during the winter period (November to March) under LED lights placed 30 cm apart, at a constant 20 degrees and with a 12h photoperiod to promote vegetative rest. During the warm period (April to October), the plant is grown outside.
A peculiar South African sundew, this hybrid unlike the pure glabripes species tends to grow prostrate.
Like all carnivorous plants belonging to the genus Drosera, Drosera glabripes captures mainly small flying insects. It does this through a “glue-like” capture system, that is, based on the production of droplets of water and polysaccharides (sugars) at the end of the tentacles. These droplets emulate the function of nectar and attract small insects that seek sugary substances for food. Once the unfortunate visitors land on the sundew leaves, they remain sticky due to the high viscosity of the droplets. Little by little, the thick liquid from the nearby tentacles envelops the animal, which will be doomed to a rather gruesome death: the tracheae, the breathing holes located in the insects’ abdomen, are obstructed, causing death by suffocation.
Leaf color: green
Trap color: green with red tentacles
Shipping: in pot 6.5cm diameter ceramic color.
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