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  1. Crazy money - but I bet someone buys it. @Alexis, I think that the cultivar doesn't look that great until it develops the adult, completely red pitchers - then it is quite distinctive. I have seen pictures of a number of hybrids from Phil Wang's collection that have Reptilian Rose in the parentage, and they look impressive - I think it performs well as breeding stock.
  2. That'll be the 'General Carnivorous Plant Discussion' section, which says: "Post anything CP related here that doesn't fit elsewhere." This section, as rightly pointed out by @manders is to talk about anything (as seen by the range of non-cp topics that have populated the section over the years.
  3. Beautiful photos as usual, and lovely to see the large mats of sphagnum.
  4. Yes indeed! Although there are probably other populations around the streams in the troodos mountains, perhaps in more natural and remote areas.
  5. Lovely show of flowers, looks great.
  6. Great pics, thanks for sharing!!
  7. You can temporarily create kusamono or shitakusa by way of small seedlings in tiny proportional containers, but you cannot truly create a 'bonsai' which is to continue to maintain a diminutive adult plant by means of root pruning. Sarracenia continually to extend their rhizome and you will soon find it reaching the edge of the pot. As the growing point is always at the head of the rhizome, you will run into problems as the soft new growth squashes against the pot edge. The only thing you could do is break the back end off the rhizome so it fits in the pot again. I'm not sure how extremely limited pot depth and/or root pruning would affect top growth, but as Sarracenia roots tend to be not massive anyway, I would imagine the top growth would still be too high (out of proportion) over time. As a further point; as the rhizome/roots fill the entire pot, you will be on dangerous ground with regards to keeping it watered! - even more so than traditional bonsai plants as Sarracenia start to wilt fairly quickly without damp conditions.
  8. My regia's are the same - plastered in fly cadavers. I think a combination of leaf size, upright posture and gland sizes help ensnare prey, as my filliformis plants also seem to do fairly well with upright leaves, yet have fewer prey items on them. The large glands probably are key, as the small prey will struggle much harder to escape from a big blob of sticky mucilage! The impressive and relatively quick leaf curl response, also further ensures the prey are helplessly trapped. Incidentally, from your picture it looks as though your regia is placed at the back of your greenhouse against the glass? This will be another factor increasing fly trapping - they will fly in and travel to the back, not realising the glass is solid and as they hang about and start to turn back, they'll find the sticky leaves in the way!
  9. Plants are looking very happy and neat in your new setup @Mike King, thanks for sharing @Hannahraptor. @Mike King, with the psittacina's, how do you manage to keep them labelled and individually identified with them all together like that?
  10. Welcome Thamishan, you seem to have a nice diverse selection of species already.
  11. On my recent holiday in Cyprus, I managed to find the only species of Carnivorous plant on the island! - Pinguicula crystallina. Unfortunately they were in a hard to reach place and they are strictly protected, so no collecting of seed. Here's the habitat shot - Caledonia falls in the troodos mountains, Cyprus. I had previously read that they were near the water (obviously) in an otherwise very hot and arid island, but had almost given up on finding them whilst walking alongside the river. Whilst taking shots of the Caledonia falls themselves, I noticed something bright green behind the water... sure enough, there they were, clinging to the rock face behind the waterfall (about halfway up)! Lovely to see some in flower as well. (Excuse the slight blurriness - this was a hand-held telephoto shot in dappled shade)
  12. Awesome. I'm away from home (and plants) now for 8 days but I shall participate on my return!
  13. Welcome Deg Nice terrarium setup.
  14. Hi

    Welcome to CPUK! The archive of diverse information here is invaluable, particularly to those tentatively starting out. Growing from seed can take a while but is rewarding to watch them grow.
  15. Must be something in the air/water within my greenhouse - I've currently got two oddball mutants in my Dionaea collection. Exhibit A - mutant trap on a seed grown Dionaea. As you can see, this clone has much reduced marginal lashes similar to bristle teeth and the like, so I guess the likelihood for mutation might be higher? Exhibit B - a rather interesting fasciated flower stalk & flower on D. m. 'Charly Mandon's Spotted'. From the first sight of the flower stalk, you could clearly see the triple-fused stem so I isolated the curiosity and kept an eye on the growth. I then saw the multiple flower buds (to be expected on 3x the stem)... What I didn't expect was a fasciated (or cristate) flower form with complete fusing across the top!