Drosera brevifolia

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Drosera brevifolia
Drosera brevifolia 1.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Droseraceae
Genus: Drosera
Subgenus: Drosera subg. Drosera
Section: Drosera sect. Drosera
Species: D. brevifolia
Binomial name
Drosera brevifolia
Pursh 1814

Drosera brevifolia (the dwarf, small or red sundew), is a carnivorous plant of the family Droseraceae and is the smallest sundew species native to the United States. This species differs considerably from the pink sundew, Drosera capillaris, by its wedge-shaped leaves, and distinctly deeper red to reddish purple color, noticeable when side by side with D. capillaris.

D. brevifolia is usually a small plant, typically no more than 3 centimeters across, though some are known to grow up to 5 cm in the open sandy woods in west Louisiana, with flower spikes up to 15 cm. It is often found growing in areas drier than what most carnivorous plants prefer, where it often will set seed and die when the dry hot summer arrives and return as seedlings in late fall or winter.

The range of D. brevifolia is from east Texas to Florida and north to Virginia. Flowers can be large compared to the rosette and can be pink or white and come in the spring.

Most of the plants die off in the dry summer after setting seed. New seedlings return in the fall with cooler, damper weather.

According to the USDA, it is endangered in the State of Kentucky and threatened in the State of Tennessee.[1]


  1. ^ "Drosera brevifolia". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 

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