Cape Sundew

South Africa

General description

Perennial, linear leaves up to 6.5 cm long, in a basal rosette. Leaves densely covered with tentacle-like hairs, each tipped with sticky sap that attracts and captures small insects. Leaves curl around captured prey, enzymes are secreted to digest it. Easily distinguished from native species by its dark pink flowers on long stems (<35 cm).

Wetlands and wet areas.

Gravity, water, water fowl.

Cape sundew grows well in a range of New Zealand wetlands, displacing small native plant species. It spreads rapidly by seed.

Site management

Recommended approaches

1. Dig out and dispose.

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

RPMS status

Surveillance - Whole Region
National Pest Plant Accord species - nationwide
Cape sundew - Main species image