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  1. Thanks everyone for the replies (sorry for radio silence, I moved house recently and did not have access to the internet). It is interesting to see this in other species too - and I was growing mine in very high humitidy. I've had a lot of success growing utrics in Rotho plastic containers, where they flower profusely and grow very rapidly, but it does change the leaf morphology a lot in some species (e.g. U.calicifida begins to look like U.sandersonii). None of the others have produced leaf traps so far, but I'll keep an eye out. I wonder if only certain species can do this (e.g. subgenus?). Thanks for the paper link as well - it looks an interesting read (I'll try dive into this at the weekend!).
  2. Here are some photos - The first photo (6.3x mag) shows the general form as best I could snap quickly under the microscope. The second is taken at 12.5x mag and shows individual traps. I'm sure someone else has noticed this, but I was still excited to see something "new" nonetheless. -Grant
  3. Hi Folks, I wanted to ask if anyone else has noticed traps arising from the leaves in U. sp. "Hermanus"? I noticed a small row of traps in the middle of the leaves the other day. At first I thought some small stalked "animacules" (e.g like a big Stentor) had taken up residence, but under the microscope they appear to be traps. I don't think I've ever seen this on any other species of Utricularia (I'm no expert though). Is this something found in other species? Is it a character that defines U. sp."Hermanus"? I tried a quick google but didn't have much luck finding other examples (the only one close I could fine was be U.graminifolia, but these seem to be coming off leaf+stolon extensions of the plant, rather than directly from the leaves). I'll try to get a photograph later. Cheers, Grant
  4. I have to admit I'm not that familiar with al the T5 stuff (I use Dulux systems which nobody else seems to use ). I had a look on a UK site called for a comparison and they have T5 bulbs - a 14W high efficiency 5800K biovital (UVA,UVB) 549mm bulb is £12.49. The higher the wattage the cheaper the bulbs are and they dip to around £7 for the 35W ones (although they can't ship these outside the UK). It seems your deal is rather good, although I can't tell you about the brand. On an aside, I get good results from the Dulux units (same website). They run at 55w or 80w but I only use one rather than several T5 bulbs. They are quite useful for tall enclosures which might be an idea for your Nepenthes.
  5. I spoke to a few people prior to buying mine as it was reputed to be a difficult plant to culture...I have not met with success! I think it is difficult to culture in terraria, owing to the difficulty in keeping it colder (14-22C). Also: Poor spiders!
  6. Wow, you can get this actually grow? I have one in a terrarium and it is just existing day to day. Tried to keep temps low but it seems very fussy. It would be mega awesome to have this plant as ground cover however, it's very pretty when it is growing well.
  7. I use a spore of moss designed for bonsai, known as "Kyoto moss". You can buy it from amongst others. I bought a pack and have absolutely tons of spores, way more than you'd need for a 2ft tank (you could probably do 5 tanks! of this size). It tolerates warm humid conditions well and appreciates decent light levels once established. It is low growing and mat forming. I agree with above posts suggesting that Ping's and Nepthenes are not great partners. I always found my pings would rot if humidity was too high without decent airflow. Do you have any fans on the terrarium BTW? I find an extractor fan to remove heat and stop air becoming stale to be essential.
  8. Mobile - interesting. I used to flood the bottom of the container but initially it looked like the plant was struggling. Now that it's settled I'll see how it grows waterlogged :) Marcus used to culture U.graminifolia and it seems this is a good contender. [Edit = also, your specimen there is looking very good!] Actually, I forgot to mention the second plant has tuberous growths underneath the leaves - U.graminifolia have these yes? I suppose that would make a putative ID easier (d'oh!). Maik: I don't think the second is U.dichotoma as I have a culture of this growing in another portion of the tank from definite ID and it has a more compact leaf, grows in a more dense pattern and does not have tuberous structures underneath the leaves as mentioned. Thanks for the help, I'll wait and see if I get any flowers and try for a more definite ID.
  9. Heh, thanks - U. graminifolia is what I meant indeed. Thanks for the help, with luck they will flower and I can try a more reliable ID. I got these from a friend and many lacked labels(I think marcus just knew what they were), so I only had a growlist with which to narrow things down (unfortunately, he had lots of Utrics that all look similar at a glance!).
  10. Hi All, I have two Utrics that I'm not sure of the ID on. I think they might be U.tricolor ( or U.nephrophylla? - less sure) and U.geminifolia. No flowers unfortunately, just foliage. Utric 1: U.geminifolia? (The small round leaves are from common duckweed, the Utric is the one with elongate leaves. Utric 2: U.tricolor? U.nephrophylla? Kind regards, Grant
  11. Yeah, I like to plan ahead, these will be spring purchases :)
  12. Ah yes, I actually used to have one of these, how odd that it should slip my mind They are quite pretty plants, although the one I had never reached it's full potential and sadly passed on after about a year of average growth. I think in my new set up it should probably thrive. I actually found this website (below) which has really good photos of some interesting species. Utricularia I think I'll try hunt down U.reniformis, U.pubsecens, U.nephrophylla and U.nelumbifolia, as well as U.menziessi. The trouble I have is that I have yet to see my specimens flower, which would aid ID. I received my Utrics from Marcus Rossberg, and many have either lost their ID or were swapped into new pots without ID attached. I'm sure people with more experience could ID at a glance, but I get stuck with some of the similar forms. It will be nice to buy some with definite ID's. :)
  13. Hi all, I currently have a healthy 2ft terrarium with some tropical Drosera and Utricularia growing well, and am looking for suggestions for some interesting additions. I already grow some tropical Utrics (I think U.graminifolia, U.odorata, an unwell U.parthenopipes, U.nephrophila and possibly U.praelonga, if it still survives as a weed). I'm going to add U.reniformis and U.pubescens, but any other suggestions for small (preferably non invasive) and interesting Utrics would be appreciated. "Interesting" would extend to any Utrics which have foliage that does not just look like tiny blades of grass Thanks!
  14. You can't treat any drosera "as with all the Drosera" because they differ wildly in what they require. For Scorpioides, IIRC you need to keep them warm (between 20 and 26C or so) with decent humidity all year. In winter keep them on capillary matting so they are just damp, they need a small period of rest but they don't die back, again IIRC. [Edit] Whoops! I got this species confused with Drosera paradoxa for some reason. [idiot ] D.scorpioides is a pygmy drosera. Try this link for some care advice: Drosera Gemmae
  15. Interesting, and it matches my experience with Utrics in that they are fairly bombproof. Everything seems to be recovering, with the exception of D.spatulata (gutting). Bizarrely, the D.prolifera lacks dew but looks fine and healthy, and i've added some new droseras which are dewing up well.