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    Drosera regia in South Africa

    Hi,

    there seems to be only one known little population of Drosera regia left in southafrica. We had the great chance to visit that place during our trip there. The plants are growing in dense vegetation and are rather hard to take pictures of.





















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    Wow, that vegetation is pretty dense...you'd miss them if you weren't looking close enough
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    Hi,

    btw, this population consists only of about 50 plants. These are the last ones growing in nature! There are hundreds more in cultivation than still exist in habitat.

    The dense vegetation is the biggest problem for D. regia. The plants are just overgrown from them.

    Btw, this location is almost unfindable if you do not know exactly where to look. I doubt that anyone can find the plants just buy luck. It's a more complicated work to that place and you will only see the plants if you almost walked over them. We had to remove some grass to take the pictures. As we did not want to disturb them too much, we only removed a bit of grass and left most of them untouched. A fire is urgently needed there to ensure the survival of this unique plant! The other know location of this plant is already extinct due to overgrowing grasses. The same might happen to these last remaining plants there!

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    That's really very sad that they are being overgrown like that.. Is there anyways something can be done to prevent them from dying out? If they all die out is it possible that they might be reintroduced back into the region or probably not?
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    One of the most ancient Drosera species. Perhaps a concerted letter writing campaign to the landowners might convince them to burn off the grass? Thanks again for sharing. I'm seeing things I never hoped to see.
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