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How many petals does a sundew have?



Just thought I'd share a picture of two abnormal flowers that came up in a pot of Drosera whittakeri. As well as having more than the normal number of petals (5) the flower on the right has extra stamens. Personally, I quite like the right-hand flower.

I don't know what has caused it. I doubt it is pest damage. Maybe the unusual weather patterns we're getting here in Victoria (Oz) are sending the plants out of wack. Last year a couple of pygmies also sent up flowers with extra petals.

Abnormal Drosera whittakeri flower


Flowers with more than 5 petals seem not to be very seldom. I had such flowers on many of my Droseras this year.