Drosera villosa, or D. villosa, is a member of the family of Pterocarpus genera, with two subspecies, each with its own geographical distribution. It is native to the lowland tropical forests of Colombia and Argentina but was introduced and popularized in the Western Hemisphere, where it flourishes. It is a broad-leaf perennial that grows to a height of only three to four feet tall. Leaves are alternate and short, expanding to about two feet in diameter.
There are five species of Drosera, all from the Pterocarpo genus, with two species native to the Andes Mountains. The two subspecies have diverged primarily in appearance and physiognomy. Drosera license (luche) has dark green leaves while Drosera axenalis and Drosera spathacea have pale green foliage. Both species form the genus Drosera, but the name is frequently used to refer to any of the five species.
Drosera spathacea has pale blue and glossy leaves and forms the most common species in the genus, whereas Drosera villosa is a rare species, having a bluish-greenish color. It is also known as the Sunflower. hybrids between Drosera spathacea and Drosera villosa occur very rarely and are not considered true hybrids, but instead merely representatives of one of the subspecies. There are numerous theories concerning the origin of these hybrids, but many are still unexplained.
The most common explanation for the creation of these new species of Drosera is that they are either closely related to members of the Ligna species or to another member of the same family, such as the wolfberry. The former hypothesis seems more plausible, because most of the characteristics of these species are highly valued by farmers and gardeners. For example, unlike other carnivorous plants, the flower of Drosera contains several volatile oils that attract insects. In addition, there are several species of the genus Drosera that are powerful herbivores, which may be responsible for their widespread distribution all over the world. They often interbreed with members of the genera Vitex and Atricapia, and they are sometimes also able to produce hybrid offspring that are stronger and more adaptable than their purebred counterparts. As a result, some of these plants have become quite common in gardens all over the world.
The interbreeding between different species of the Ligna family produces some unusual conditions, leading to the formation of new species. One of the most noticeable characteristics of some species of the Ligna genus is that, when interbred with another member of the same genus, they will often produce a fertile line that will result in fertile hybrids. In most cases, the resulting plants will have some of the desirable qualities of the parents, but they will bear little resemblance to either species. This makes them very unique and desirable to breed.
The fact that species that naturally interbreed can still produce fertile hybrids has led to the introduction of certain species into the environment. While there are some very desirable biological species (e.g., the black-eyed susanthus), there is a growing market for non-genic, or non-interbreeding, plants. In particular, Drosera villosa and its relatives are very popular, and the wild forms of these plants are widely distributed. The wild ancestors of the species are thought to have lived in dry forests in Southeast Asia. Some of these relatives have also been found in parts of Europe and North America.
Some of these carnivorous plants interbreed with members of other carnivorous plants. This process, known as introgression, can be very complicated, and it can even lead to the formation of completely new species. Most of the hybrids developed from introgression are weakly virulent, or not able to reproduce. To avoid producing weak, underdeveloped or foreign species, the researchers examine samples of fully developed species in order to determine their genotype. Then, only hybrids that will fit within the desired traits are selected.
Most of the interbreeding occurs between closely related species, although some unrelated species may also be used. Within species, interbreeding often occurs when one chromosome carries a recessive trait, and the other chromosome carries a dominant trait. When a plant is capable of producing sterile hybrids, interbreeding will occur very rarely. In nature, only a few species will be able to interbreed without producing sterile hybrids, and those that do so will often be very weakly reproducing.