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Thread-leaved sundew
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Scientific classification
  • Drosera filiformis
    auct. non Raf.: R.Hamet (1907)
    [=D. filiformis/D. filiformis var. tracyi/D. filiformis × D. intermedia]
  • Drosera leionema
    Raf. (1836)
  • Drosera tenuifolia
    Willd. (1809)
  • Drosera tracyi
    Macf. ex Diels (1906)
  • Filicirna filiformis
    (Raf.) Raf. (1836)
  • Filicirna leionema
    (Raf.) Raf. (1836)
  • Filicirna tenuifolia
    (Willd.) Raf. (1836)

Drosera filiformis, commonly known as the thread-leaved sundew, is a small, insectivorous, rosette-forming species of perennial herb. A species of sundew, it is unusual within its genus in that the long, erect, filiform (thread-like) leaves of this plant unroll in spirals – an arrangement similar to the circinate vernation seen in ferns.

Distribution and habitat

D. filiformis occurs naturally in both Canada and the United States; its natural range extends down the eastern seaboard of North America from south western Nova Scotia in the north down through New England to Florida in the south.


D. filiformis is frequently cultivated, with a few registered cultivars, such as D. filiformis var. filiformis (also known as D. filiformis typical), D. filiformis × 'California Sunset' (a hybrid between D. filiformis var. filiformis. All of these cultivars are grown with similar conditions as most other Drosera species: mineral-poor soil and distilled, reverse osmosis, or collected rain water. D. filiformis require a winter dormancy for long-term survival, forming hibernacula in the winter.

Infraspecific taxa

  • Drosera filiformis f. tracyi (Macf. ex Diels) Macf. (1914)
  • Drosera filiformis var. tracyi (Macf. ex Diels) Diels (1906)
  • Drosera filiformis var. typica Winne (1944) nom.illeg.
Part of leaf of wild Drosera filiformis var. tracyi, with captured insect
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