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    Oh, the humanity!! TheFury's Avatar
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    I'm still not sure what plant this was. But all those things died anyway. Shucks, I guess I'll never know!

    BUT, they do look quite similar to some other rosetted sundews I have:


    Got these guys from SDCPs. I believe they're currently in some sort of dormant phase right now. Since I took this pic, the plants have grown lots of fuzzy hair around their crowns... you can see a bit of it in these pics, particularly the plants on the lower right... IF that's a clue for anyone here.

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    When I've had plants respond like yours, even Drosera spatulata, it was most often because pests were attacking the crown/meristem and undersides of some leaves. Usually it was some form of plant parasitic mite, like spider/cyclamen. Sometimes aphids or thrips can also cause similar damage.

    The pests mentioned are notoriously difficult to find and identify, they are very tiny. Also, difficult to remedy. Spider mites are not insects, so insecticides are often ineffective.
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