The Carnivorous Plant FAQ v. 11.5
- courtesy of -
The International Carnivorous Plant Society

Q: Carnivorous plants of northern Africa--little known species!

A: The number of carnivorous plant species known from Africa, Madagascar, and the Seychelles is huge, so to make this page a little less overwhelming I have excluded those carnivorous plants that are found exclusively in the three countries at the southern tip of the continent: South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland.

Even so, I am afraid that the carnivorous plant biodiversity of Africa is so great that my attempts to make the page more tractable are defeated! Most of Africa's carnivorous plants are in the genera Drosera, Genlisea, and Utricularia. Many of these species are very poorly known.

Smaller genera
The African inventory includes noteworthy but small additions from five other genera:

Without false humility I admit that I think the best treatment of the carnivorous plants of this region is in one of my own papers that I wrote for the Italian Carnivorous Plant Society (Rice 2008b); I temper my prideful admission by sheepishly noting I accidentally excluded Utricularia simulans from that treatment. Oops.

About half the species in this genus occur in Africa; all are endemic to the region treated on this page, except for G. hispidula which also occurs in South Africa:

In this part of the world, the genus Drosera is represented by a smattering of species, many of which are very poorly understood:

The contribution from Utricularia is enormous, and many are endemic to this region.

As if you could digest all this in a single reading! Bah!!!

Page citations: Casper, J. 1966; Degreef, J.D. 1990; Exell, A.W., and Laundon, J.R. 1956; Fischer, E. et al. 2000; Rice, B.A. 2006a, 2008b; Schlauer, J. 2002; Taton, A. 1945; Taylor, P. 1989.


Revised: December 2008
©Barry Rice, 2005