Drosera burkeana Planch.

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Drosera burkeana

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Limbuni Hills, Tsangano, Tete

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Common names: Sundew (English)
Status: Native
Stemless perennial herb. Leaves in a basal rosette. Lamina subcircular, 2-10 mm long, glandular on the upper surface and along the margins. Petiole 2-20 mm long, flattened and narrowly linear throughout its length. Flowering peduncles 1-4, arising laterally from the rosette, 4-30 cm long, erect, 2-12-flowered. Flowers white or pink.
Notes: This species is similar to Drosera dielsiana but can be distinguished by the subcircular leaf lamina, abruptly narrowed to a flattened petiole. D. dielsiana is restricted to montane seepage areas on rocks.
Derivation of specific name: burkeana: named after Joseph Burke (1812-1873), British botanist and collector who worked with botanist Carl Zeyher during several collecting expeditions in South Africa.
Habitat: In marshes, bogs, swamps and vleis.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, southern DRC, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and Mpumalanga, South Africa. Also in Madagascar.
Mozambique distribution: N,T,MS
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Content last updated: Monday 15 August 2016

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Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 39.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 46.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 384 - 385. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 91.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Drosera burkeana.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=124750, retrieved 2 March 2024

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