Pygmy Sundew Gemmae
During the Australian wet season, Pygmy Sundews produce vegetative bodies known as gemmae. Gemmae are modified leaves that detach from the parent to develop into a new plant.
The gemmae are packed so tightly in the center of the plant, that a drop of rain water causes them to catapult more than a meter away. Once separated, the small bud uses stored energy to quickly develop into an adult plant, typically before the dry season comes.
Gemmae are an important part of the survival strategy of pygmy sundews taking advantage of favourable conditions to produce new plants. During the Australian summer, pygmy sundews go dormant in order to avoid the dryness and heat.
By ensuring that new plants develop into adults before the dry season, the rate of survival is increased.
(Drosera scorpiodes depicted)
Drosera burmannii humpty doo red flower, very small flowers, about 2-3 millimeter diameter.