Drosera schizandra

Drosera adelae, Drosera prolifera and Drosera schizandra are what we, carnivorous plant enthusiasts, call “the Queensland sisters”. Their unique leaf shapes and arrangements make them immediately recognizable among other sundews. Because I used to grow its two siblings, I’m eager to try D. schizandra.

July 2019

The plant has recovered well but is now facing stiff competition from the dense, lush green moss that is thriving at the bottom of the terrarium. Periodically, I push it aside so light can reach all the leaves of the sundew. Despite it reaching barely 2 cm, it managed to catch a couple of gnats that have probably been swept away by my watering.

Drosera schizandra and moss
It’s always a good sign when the newest fully developed leaf is the biggest of the rosette, even by a small margin.
Drosera schizandra amidst some tall moss
Coincidentally—or not—the moss layer is at its tallest just beside the Drosera. Does it feel some competition?

April 2019

I installed my little D. schizandra in the layer of tree fern mulch that makes the soil of my terrarium. The Queensland sisters—and this species in particular—tend to like more shade, so the planting location was chosen accordingly. All other carnivorous plants of the terrarium grow closer to the grow light.

Young Drosera schizandra, top view
At this stage, Drosera schizandra bears similarities with its sister Drosera prolifera.
Young Drosera schizandra
Here’s how a new leaf unfolds.

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