Drosera binata


Drosera: dewy
binata: From the Latin 'bis' two and 'natus' birth, meaning twin or paired, as a leaf divided into two leaflets

Common Name(s)

Forked sundew, scented sundew

Current Conservation Status

2012 - Not Threatened

Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012
The conservation status of all known New Zealand vascular plant taxa at the rank of species and below were reassessed in 2012 using the New Zealand Threat Classification System (NZTCS). This report includes a statistical summary and brief notes on changes since 2009 and replaces all previous NZTCS lists for vascular plants. Authors: Peter J. de Lange, Jeremy R. Rolfe, Paul D. Champion, Shannel P. Courtney, Peter B. Heenan, John W. Barkla, Ewen K. Cameron, David A. Norton and Rodney A. Hitchmough. File size: 792KB

Previous Conservation Status

2009 - Not Threatened
2004 - Not Threatened


Drosera binata Labill.



Flora Category

Vascular - Native

NVS Species Code


The National Vegetation Survey (NVS) Databank is a physical archive and electronic databank containing records of over 94,000 vegetation survey plots - including data from over 19,000 permanent plots. NVS maintains a standard set of species code abbreviations that correspond to standard scientific plant names from the Ngä Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants database.

Structural Class

Dicotyledonous Herbs other than Composites


Drosera dichotoma Banks et Sol. ex Smith, D. intermedia R.Cunn ex A.Cunn, D. cunninghamii Walp., D. flagellifera Colenso


Indigenous. North, South, Stewart and Chatham islands. Present in Australia


Coastal to subalpine in bogs and poorly drained pasture overlying acid soils. More common in coastal to lowland situations. Often abundant following fires

Flower Colours


Propagation Technique

Easily grown in a pot partially submerged in water. Prefers a waterlogged, acidic medium but can also be grown in sphagnum moss. Prefers full sun. Can be cold sensitive but resprouts in warmer weather.


Not Threatened

Chromosome No.

2n = 32

Endemic Taxon


Endemic Genus


Endemic Family


Life Cycle and Dispersal

Minute seeds are wind dispersed (Thorsen et al., 2009).

Where To Buy

Occasionally available from specialist native plant nurseries.

References and further reading

Thorsen, M. J.; Dickinson, K. J. M.; Seddon, P. J. 2009. Seed dispersal systems in the New Zealand flora. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 11: 285-309

This page last updated on 24 Feb 2015