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Drosera nidiformis

Drosera nidiformis

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Introducing Drosera nidiformis - A Fascinating Tropical African Sundew

Drosera nidiformis is a captivating sundew native to the tropical region of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Although its classification is somewhat ambiguous, with some sources considering it a synonym of Drosera dielsiana while others recognize it as a distinct species, its unique characteristics make it a remarkable addition to any plant collection.

This sundew, also known by its former name Drosera "maglisburg," exhibits a preference for full sun or strong indoor lighting. When cultivating Drosera nidiformis, it thrives when provided with a dish of water, maintaining a water level of approximately 2 inches at the bottom. This mimics its natural habitat and allows the plant to flourish.

Drosera nidiformis showcases sticky tentacles, a characteristic shared by other sundews. These tentacles produce a glistening secretion that ensnares unsuspecting prey. Once captured, the leaf curls around the prey, ensuring maximum contact with the plant's numerous digestive glands. This behavior, known as thigmotropism, exemplifies the plant's response to touch stimuli.

With obovate leaves ranging from 0.4 to 0.8 inches in length and petioles growing up to approximately 2 inches, mature specimens of D. nidiformis exhibit a reddish tint under the right lighting conditions, adding to their visual appeal.

Unlike some other carnivorous plants, Drosera nidiformis does not enter dormancy and is considered a perennial. It thrives in nutrient-poor, acidic soil, characteristic of its natural environment. It's worth noting that if growing conditions are not ideal, flowering can be physically demanding for the plant.

Drosera nidiformis is a valuable addition to organic gardens, permaculture farmscapes, and any setting where reducing the use of pesticides is a priority. Its fascinating carnivorous nature and exotic beauty make it a delightful choice for plant enthusiasts seeking unique and captivating species in their collection.

Size guide:

Small plants come in a 3" pot

Medium plants come in a 4" pot

Large plants will come in a 5" pot

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