Drosera rotundifolia

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaDroseraceaeDroseraDrosera rotundifolia


An insectivorous rosette-forming perennial herb of damp acid heath and moorland, bogs and upland flushes, growing among Sphagnum or on bare acid peat. It can be an abundant colonist of ditch sides cut through wet, peaty ground. 0-670 m (Snowdonia, Caerns.) and reportedly to 700 m in the Scottish Highlands.



World Distribution

Circumpolar Boreo-temperate element.

Broad Habitats


Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 9

Reaction (Ellenberg): 2

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 1


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.3

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 13.9

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1269

Life form information

Height (cm): 5

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1736

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 687

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 2

Atlas Change Index: -0.56

Weighted Changed Factor: -9

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Atlas text references

Atlas (141d)
Biological Flora of the British Isles. No. 167. Drosera genus L. (p. 233); Drosera rotundifolia L. (pp. 233-252); Drosera anglica Huds. (pp. 252-257); Drosera intermedia Drev. & Hayne (pp. 257-267),
Crowder, A. A., Pearson M. C., Grubb P. J., and Langlois P. H.
, Journal of Ecology, Volume 78, p.233-267, (1990)

Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols,
Hultén, E., and Fries M.
, Königstein, (1986)

Jalas & Suominen (1999)
Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols,
Meusel, H., Jäger E., and Weinert E.
, Jena, (1965)