Drosera capensis, one of the sundews, is an erect, long-leaved perennial that does not branch. The stem base may become slightly woody on older plants above the rhizome, the plant reaching heights of up to 50 cm when in flower.
The leaf tuft in picture, emerging above a mossy ground cover, shows its hairless leaf petioles, narrow and long; the leaves hairy, narrow and oblong.
The flowers are pale magenta, mauve or pink, growing on a long, leafless stalk. They are about 1 cm in diameter or more, borne well above the leaves in loose clusters. They appear from late spring to midsummer.
The plant grows on damp slopes and flats, often in peaty soil and near watercourses in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape from the Cederberg to Kareedouw. The photo was taken in Bainskloof during October (Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2010; Bean and Johns, 2005).
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