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    Are these gemmae?

    Late last spring, I ordered some Utricularia sandersonii. Needless to say, there were other species received in addition to the U. sandersonii, primarily U. bisquamata. However, there was also a tiny little Drosera growing as a hitchhiker as well. Until today, I had considered it to just be another D. spatulata variant, but these small structures located at the crown, along with the plant having once had a diameter of ~1/2 of my current D. spatulata have me suspecting that this may in fact be a pygmy. The rosette of dried leaves is approximately .75" in diameter.

    Are these consistent with pygmy Drosera?

    (Sorry for the low quality image; I can barely see these things, let alone take a good picture with a lousy phone camera)

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    No, that appears to be hibernaculum.

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    From the shape of the dead leaves I can see your plant was probably D. tokaiensis, so a hibernaculum is possible with the rotundifolia background. A clearer picture would certainly help, as it may also be just new leaves growing out after the plant died back, as tokaiensis and spatulata both sometimes do.
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    Also vote hibernaculum because the leaves (I'm looking at the old dead ones) don't look right for a pygmy.

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