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Drosera calycinaThe taxa grouped as Drosera microphylla were recently split into three separate species by Allen Lowrie. The complex now consists of D. calycina (the previous D. microphylla var. macropetala), D. esperensis (a white flowered form found near Esperance) and D. microphylla (the original type form).
D. calycina is an erect growing species reaching 12 to 35 cm in height. The plants are usually green to light bronze in colour. This species produces bracts at the lower part of the stem. The leaves are scattered solitary along the lower part of the glabrous stem. In contrast to D. microphylla D. calycina sometimes forms leaves in groups of 2 to 3 along the higher part of the stem.
The most striking difference are the remarkable flowers in this complex. The sepals are spaced between the petals a unique manner. D. calycina has dark red petals, the filaments are reddish, anthers white and pollen yellow. The styles are maroon to almost black. The tubers are dark red and may have numerous wart-like structures on the surface.
The flower is unique in the genus and therefore makes it easy to identify this species.
Most pictures illustrate the flower colour quite well but in some pictures the colour is darker. This is just an artefact.
Even though the names on the pictures are still based on the old nomenclature, all pictures on this page show D. calycina. Sorry for this.
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