Drosera coccipetala

No Common Name

Drosera coccipetala is a diminutive but attractive sundew species found across the inland areas of the Overberg region. It is a winter-growing species and grows in a small rosette to around 3-4cm across and bears a single small, red flower on a short inflorescence. It grows alongside Drosera cistiflora and Drosera zeyheri, hybridising with the latter. Like most winter-growing species it spends summer dormancy underground with thickened roots.

It inhabits open, moist spaces in Renosterveld vegetation but it is highly threatened by extensive habitat fragmentation due to farming, and degredation from fertiliser and livestock. Lack of fire and large herbivores may reduce the natural clearings sundews inhabit.