Drosera macrantha ssp macranthaCommon name: Sundew or Bridal Rainbow
Meaning of name: Drosera is from the Greek word droseros, meaning dewy. It refers to the prominent glandular hairs which give the appearance of being covered in dew. Macrantha is from the Greek words macros, meaning large, and anthos, meaning flower.
Distribution: Occurs throughout the south west of Western Australia and inland to Kalgoorlie.
Description: A climbing plant with stems up to 1.5 metres long. The white, or occasionally pink, flowers develop at the end of the stem from June to October.
Notes: Drosera are carnivorous and supplement their diet by trapping and digesting insects. The insects are caught on the sticky leaf surfaces and digested by enzymes produced by the plant.
References: Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharp. 1996.
Flora of the Perth Region. NG Marchant, JR Wheeler, BL Rye, EM Bennett, NS Lander, TD Macfarlane. 1987.
Carnivorous Plants of Australia Volume 1. Allen Lowrie. 1987.