Drosera variegata

No Common Name

Drosera variegata is a little-known sundew in the D. cistiflora species complex. Described from Ceres by Debbert, this species has mostly been observed in the Northern regions of the Cederberg mountains. Like other cistiflora types this species grows a basal rosette followed by an erect stem with narrow leaves and eventual inflorescence on top. It is unique for the spectacular hot-pink flowers and strongly erect stem leaves, the basal rosette leaves also curl upwards. These plants are not as tall or leafy as other cistiflora types. 

D. variegata can be found in sandy flats on plateaus or mountainsides comprised of Cederberg sandstone fynbos. It is a winter-growing species and flowers around September in Spring, bearing a small number of large, vibrant pink flowers. The sandy soils appear superficially drier than many other sundew habitats, possibly contributing to its more compact growth form.