Drosera schizandra - the Notched Sundew


General:
Drosera schizandra was discovered in 1906 by Diels in Queensland, Australia. You can find this sundew only in the wet lands of the rainforests of Mount Bartle Frere (1680 m / 551 ft). The plant prefers the shady places with wet and sandy soil. The light green leaves arrive a size of 10 cm / 4 inches in length and 5 cm / 2 inches in width. They have only short, tiny tentacles - so the plant is (compared to sundews like Drosera capensis) an ineffective insect catcher. The plant has small, bright flowers. Drosera schizandra is arranged with Drosera adelae and Drosera prolifera to the group of "Queensland-Drosera".

Culture:
The plant is the most difficult plant of the "Queensland-Drosera" group. In fact of this D. schizandra is "rare" in culture. An other reason is the unspectacular look of the plant - the plant looks like a salad. In culture the plant often reaches only the half of the size in nature. Important for culture is to be avoid of direct sunlight. Also the plant likes a very high humidity - sometimes you'll find the plant in closed glass bowls. I spent my plant a "dark and wet corner" in my Nepenthes- terrarium. Use the permanent water tray method for watering the plant. For soil most growers use pure sphagnum moss. I use sphagnum moss with a little bit peat - sand - mixture. For temperature there is only one tip: the hole year warm (about 25C / 77F). Never apply fertilizer and also don't feed the plant. For increasing use leaf cuttings, because in culture the plant doesn't normally flower. If you have time you can also wait a little bit - the plant produces small plants from their roots.


First Pic: The plant I became. Second Pic: 3 months later.
Next pic: 3 months later again.


Closeup of the leafCloseup heart of the plant Back


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