Drosera pygmaea

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Drosera pygmaea
Drosera pygmaea Hobart Tasmania.jpg
Early summer growth of Drosera pygmaea at the Peter Murrell Reserve, near Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Droseraceae
Genus: Drosera
Subgenus: Bryastrum
Section: Bryastrum
Species: D. pygmaea
Binomial name
Drosera pygmaea
DC. (1824)
  • Drosera pusilla
    auct. non H.B.K.: R.Br. ex Hook.f. (1840)
  • Drosera pygmaea
    auct. non DC.: Lehm. (1845)
    [=D. paleacea]

Drosera pygmaea is a carnivorous, rosette-forming biennial or annual herb native to Australia and New Zealand.[1] The specific epithet, which translates as "dwarf" from Latin, is a reference to the very small size of this plant, which grows to between 8 and 18 mm in diameter.[1] Small, pale flowers are produced at the ends of 1- to 3-inch stems. It is perhaps the most well-known of the pygmy sundews.[2]

Range of D. pygmaea in the wild.


  1. ^ a b Bruce Salmon, "Carnivorous Plants of New Zealand", Ecosphere publications, 2001
  2. ^ "Drosera - Sundews". Botanique: Carnivorous and Unusual Plants. 7 June 2015. Retrieved 10 January 2016.