At the end of winter in 2019 I embarked on an expedition to Western Australia to find carnivorous plants in the wild. This region is a center of diversity for carnivorous plants, with more than 100 endemic species. My journey took me on a long circuit around the countryside, starting with a drive through the forests of the South West towards the Great Southern coastline, then heading north east to the interior Wheatbelt region, before eventually looping back to Perth. Throughout my 17 days and roughly 3000 kilometers on the road, the geographical features that struck me most were the granite outcrops. These ancient landforms dominate the weathered landscape and give rise to unique habitats on which countless flora and fauna have evolved. It was in these granite ecosystems that I observed the most impressive displays of Drosera and Utricularia.
Keywords: Western Australia, granite, field trip, Perth
Boaz Ng. 2020. Carnivorous plants of the Western Australian granite outcrops. Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 49(1):28-38.
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