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Drosera rotundifolia
round-leaf sundew

Distribution: Chiefly west of the Cascades in Washington, but also in scattered localities east of the Cascades crest; Alaska to California, east across Montana and North Dakota, and most of the United states east of the Mississipps River.

Habitat: Swamps and bogs, lowlands to mid-elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: June-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Bog-loving, scapose, perennial herbs, the scapes to 25 cm. tall.


Leaves all basal, spreading, the blades glandular-viscid, rotund to obovate, 6-12 mm. long and at least as broad, on stout petioles 2-9 cm. long.


Inflorescence of 1-2, somewhat 1-sided, 3- to 10-flowered racemes; calyx deeply 5-lobed, the lobes ovate-oblong; petals 5, white, oblong, longer than the calyx; stamens 5, slightly shorter than the petals; styles 3, bifid nearly to the base.


Capsule 1-celled.

Accepted Name:
Drosera rotundifolia L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 281. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Drosera rotundifolia in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Drosera rotundifolia checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Drosera rotundifolia atlas page.

CalPhotos: Drosera rotundifolia photos.

USDA Plants: Drosera rotundifolia information.

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