Drosera aliciae

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Drosera aliciae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Droseraceae
Genus: Drosera
Species: D. aliciae
Binomial name
Drosera aliciae
R.Hamet (1905)
Synonyms
  • Drosera aliciae
    auct. non R.Hamet: R.Hamet (1907)
    [=Drosera aliciae/Drosera natalensis]
  • Drosera aliciae
    auct. non R.Hamet: Oberm. in sched. (1985) [=Drosera slackii]
  • Drosera curviscapa
    Salt. (1939)
  • Drosera curviscapa var. esterhuyseniae
    Salt. (1944)
  • Drosera esterhuyseniae
    (Salt.) Debbert (1991)
  • ?Drosera rubrifolia
    Debbert (2002)
  • Drosera spathulata
    Hort. ex Behre (1929)
    [=Drosera aliciae/Drosera spatulata]

Drosera aliciae, the Alice sundew, is a carnivorous plant in the family Droseraceae. It is native to South Africa, like Drosera capensis, the cape sundew, and is one of the most common sundews in cultivation. The plant forms small, tight rosettes of wedge-shaped leaves, up to 5 cm in diameter. Under conditions of good lighting, the insect-snagging tentacles will become deeply coloured with anthocyanin pigments, which probably aid in its attraction of insect prey. The plant is relatively easy to grow, and produces attractive scapes of pink flowers, which are held about 30 cm away from the carnivorous leaves, so as to prevent pollinators from becoming ensnared. D. aliciae is very similar in form to a number of other closely related species such as D. slackii, and D. dielsiana: the former is rather larger (8 cm diameter); the latter rather smaller (3 cm diameter).