Drosera anglica Huds.
great sundew (English sundew)
Droseraceae (Sundew family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Jamie Fenneman     (Photo ID #16990)


E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Drosera anglica
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Species Information

Insect-eating perennial herb; stems erect, 5-18 cm tall.
Basal leaves erect or ascending, the blades oblong-oblanceolate to oblong spoon-shaped, 1-4 cm long, 3-7 mm wide, the stalks 2-6 cm long, hairy, the long, reddish blade-hairs on upper surface stalked with gland-tipped, sticky, insect-trapping fluid; stem leaves lacking.
Inflorescence of raceme-like terminal cymes of 1-7 flowers, opening in full sun in a coiled cluster on one side of the stem; petals white, 6-10 mm long; calyces 4-6 mm long, fused to at least 1/3 their length.
Capsules, many seeded; seeds 1-1.5 mm long, egg-shaped, black.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Drosera anglica

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
767 7 1565
Slope Gradient (%)
1 0 36

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

354 20 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
7 6 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in

BWBS(7), CWH(43), ESSF(14), ICH(38), IDF(3), MH(1), MS(8), SBPS(1), SBS(58)

Habitat and Range

Swamps, bogs, fens, wet meadows and lakeshores in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; frequent in S BC, rare northward; circumpolar, N to AK, YT and NT, E to NF and S to MI, WI, ID, NV and N CA; Eurasia, Hawaii.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Drosera longifolia L.