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    D. natalensis vs. D. ?

    This plant came to me as D. natalensis:



    It recently produced this flower:



    This plant sprung up in a pot and was previously identified as D. natalensis



    Today I took this pic, obviously showing a white flower, although not totally opened.



    Which is the real natalensis and what is the other?

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    Maybe both. There are many sundews with different colored flowers, like D. cistiflora.
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    Drosera natalensis
    (excerpted from Droseracea: The Flora of Southern Africa Vol. 13 by A.A. Obermeyer)

    Inflorescence borne on a wiry scape, elongating during anthesis, up to 25 cm. long, the base straight or some what curved, glabrous or with a few straggling hairs below; pedicels up to 5 mm. long; flowers small, up to about 10, secund, rarely open. Calyx-lobes ovate, 3 mm. long. Petals white pink or purple, 5 mm. long. Stamens with the upper part of the filament and connective dilated. Styles forked from the base and divided again towards the apex, the stigmatic apex somewhat distended.
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    Thanks for the links. Bob really did make the Photofinder "new and improved'. I really like being able to mouse over a picture link and see a picture. I went to pictures of D. natalensis and skimmed through what I could mouseover. I didn't see any white flowers. Surprisingly, I found 3 of my own pictures.

    To you guys, could the white flowered plant actually be a natalensis?

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    Yes.
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    Hey Jim,

    You're plant could quite possibly be what is called Drosera coccicaulis"albino" if the flower remains white in brightly lit conditions, though I do see some redness in the tentacles.

    Even though I think that D. coccicaulis isn't even an official name for this plant, (which I lovingly refer to as the "D. natalensis, venusta, dielsiana, aliciae- complex) it will be interesting to see if your flower remains white.

    Happy Growing,

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    Brian, thanks for youe input. Hopefully, I can catch an open blossom. I am familiar with the cocchiacaulis / natalensis, etc... controversy.

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    Slightly better picture:


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