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Volume 18 (2016) Article 18
Biology, ecology, use, conservation and cultivation of round-leaved sundew (Drosera rotundifolia L.): a review.
by B. Baranyai and H. Joosten
Published online: 09.09.2016
Drosera rotundifolia is a perennial insectivorous herb which occupies open, wet, oligotrophic habitats such as acidic bogs and poor fens, and specifically grows in Sphagnum-dominated communities. Since mediaeval times the species has been collected from natural habitats and used as a remedy for coughs and pulmonary diseases. Due to the substantial decline of Drosera habitat, the plant has been protected in most European countries since the 1980s, which means that wild D. rotundifolia has become unavailable to the pharmaceutical industry. The persistent demand has stimulated research into the cultivation of Drosera in several European countries. These studies have shown that Drosera cultivation is time-consuming and not (yet) cost-effective, and there is a need for the development of cultivation methods. This article reviews the morphology, distribution, ecology and reproduction of Drosera rotundifolia; outlines its commercial use and nature conservation requirements; and describes previous research on its propagation and cultivation.
Baranyai, B. & Joosten, H. (2016): Biology, ecology, use, conservation and cultivation of round-leaved sundew (Drosera rotundifolia L.): a review. Mires and Peat, 18(18), 1-28. (Online: http://www.mires-and-peat.net/pages/volumes/map18/map1818.php); 10.19189/MaP.2015.OMB.212
IMCG and IPS acknowledge the work of the reviewers.