Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Dwarf Sundew
Drosera brevifolia
Family: Droseraceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  E
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S1

Damp pine savannas, other wet sandy sites, rarely in seepage over rock outcrops (Weakley 2011); wet ditches and low fields, flatwoods.

Species Description:
Annual carnivorous forb.

Flowering Period: Mid March to late May.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Diminutive plant about the size of a dime with leaves all basal, the blades cuneate-spathuate (spoon-shaped) and covered with gland-tipped hairs that make the plant appear reddish. Flower scapes have gland-tipped trichomes as well.

The habitat for this species is very specialized and not likely to withstand much alteration. JHydrologic changes (i.e. vegetation removal in the vicinity, stream alterations) would be detrimental. these sites are naturally open so some vegetation control/removal may be needed to maintain the open character of the site. Collection by the plant trade is a threat. Exotic pest plants are a threat.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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