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Drosera menziesiiD. menziesii (D. menziesii ssp. menziesii) is one of four species in the menziesii complex consisting of D. basifolia, D. drummondii, D. menziesii and D. thysanosepala. It is probably one of the most common species in culture. It is easy to grow (and to keep for years) and it produces quite reliably additional daughter tubers. Its intensely pink flowers on the maroon to red plants make this species an indeed beautiful beginner's plant!
D. menziesii is an erect growing species reaching up to 25 cm in height in my conditions and I have seen reports of plants up to 40 cm in length. Adult plants do not form a basal rosette which is typical for all menziesii complex species.
The plants are usually deep red to maroon in colour. This species produces a few long bracts at the lower part of the glabrous stem. The flowers are usually pink as typical for all menziesii complex species, but in case of D. menziesii also some orange flowered forms exist. A third flower colour is a reddish pink, which is most likely the result of a hybridization of pink and orange flowered forms.
The tubers are mostly red.
All menziesii complex species form a relatively long root when grown from seeds. It usually exceeds 1 cm in length before the first leaves open. The stolons produced in the second half of the first growing are likewise relatively long and even tiny tubers will mostly be produced 3-5 centimetre deep in the substrate.
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