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  1. Says it in the description "selected cultivar". They clone (tissue culture) their "selected cultivar" making it unique and are therefore able to name it. Their maketing advisors probably told them that "Bill Bailey" was the flavour of the month and would be ideal for promoting sales. "Everyone will want one!" They're probably aiming at people who wouldn't normally buy Nepenthes but might think "Wow, a carnivorous plant with a celebrity's name!" Anyway, that's my take on it but bottom line is: Marketing.
  2. For those interested there's a new field guide to the plants of mainly the Howard Sand Plain just near Darwin which includes carnivorous and other plants associated with that habitat. There are photos and brief descriptions in plain English to make it easily useable by anyone. While it covers the plants found in surveys of the Howard Sand Plain, there are other species not covered but are found in other habitats near Darwin. The guide is available for free download in PDF format from the Top End Native Plant Society website on this page: http://www.topendnativeplants.org.au/downloads A field guide to plants of Darwin Sandsheet Heath Version 1.1 (23426 KB) An updated version is expected to become available by the middle of next year. The following carnivorous plants are included in the guide. Byblis aquatica Drosera banksii Drosera brevicornis Drosera burmanni Drosera dilatatopetiolaris Drosera fulva Drosera indica Note that the local herbarium hasn't officially recognised the split up of Drosera indica so it's still listed as the one species in this guide. Stylidium ceratophorum Stylidium cordifolium Stylidium dunlopianum Stylidium ericksoniae Stylidium fissilobum Stylidium pedunculatum Stylidium tenerrimum Stylidium turbinatum Utricularia caerulea Utricularia capilliflora Utricularia chrysantha Utricularia circumvoluta Utricularia dunstaniae Utricularia hamiltonii Utricularia holtzei Utricularia involvens Utricularia kamienskii Utricularia kimberleyensis Utricularia lasiocaulis Utricularia leptoplectra Utricularia leptorhyncha Utricularia limosa Utricularia minutissima Utricularia nivea Utricularia odorata Utricularia quinquedentata Utricularia simmonsii Utricularia subulata Utricularia uliginosa
  3. Giraffe's Knees flowering

    Never noticed those bulges on the Giraffes Knees produce anything. Amorphophallus symonianus have a bulge right at the top of the stem and some bulbils form inside them. Can get 2 - 3 new plants out of one of them. But the Giraffes Knees must produce a lot of seeds as there are lots of seedlings coming up all over the garden. However, I've never noticed berries/seeds developing, although I don't believe in spontaneous generation so must be seeds. They can also be propagated from leaflet cuttings.
  4. Giraffe's Knees flowering

    Well, if Elephant Ears can have flowers why not Giraffe's Knees?
  5. Zamioculcas zamiifolia

    A few years back a tree fell over it. While I cut up and removed most of the logs I left the one over the Zami, for landscaping purposes. It's continued to grow out around the side of the log. Every now and again I get a feeling I should perhaps move it elsewhere ....... some day.
  6. Zamioculcas zamiifolia

    That's looking good. Mine is in the garden being very effectively ignored. I'll have to check to see what's its doing. What medium have you got yours planted into?
  7. Germinating orchid seeds

    Yes, it is very difficult. The problem with orchid seeds is that they're so small they generally don't have an endosperm (or only a limited one) to feed the seedling. When the correct fungus grows into a seed it provides the sugars/nutrients that allow a plant to develop. The wrong fungus (and/or bacteria) will kill the seedling. When it done in agar it's under sterile conditions and the agar is loaded up with nutrients. Ideally no fungus or bacteria gets in. Sprinkling seeds around the base of parent plants can sometimes be successful as it's more likely there'll be the right fungus around. In nature orchids produce millions of seed, very few get to being mature plants. I have a several orchids that produce seed prolifically but there's no where near the number of plants around compared to the seeds produced. They're native here so the right fungi are here too.
  8. Adiantum peruvianum problems

    That was Manders who had the A. peruvianum, not me. I wouldn't have expected any ferns to have flower-like fragrance. When I list them like that it does seem like quite a lot of ferns, but then my garden is outdoors and very large. Takes a lot of plants to fill it. I'll have to keep an eye out for that 'Blue Star'. Problem here though is that the only labels you get on ferns is "Fern", or "Foliage Plant". It's extremely rare to see an actual fern name.
  9. Dicksonia antarctica

    Looks like it's stooping under that ceiling. They can get a lot taller than that, if they don't bang their head on the way up.
  10. Adiantum peruvianum problems

    Don't know whether I've got any Phlebodium species, There's a lot of Polypodiaceae in my garden but I've never got around to getting them identified except for a couple of obvious ones. Many Polypodiaceae seem to cope well with a bit of heat and drying out. Drynaria quercifolia does very well but it's a native here and dormant in the dry season. Another native, which I suspect is Microsorum grossum, does well although doesn't go dormant. Microsorum musifolium (Crocodile Fern) struggles in the dry season but is good in the wet season. There's another two which might be Phlebodium but I just don't know. One short one carpets a large area and goes dormant. It looks good in the wet season. The other grows to about a metre, climbs a bit, doesn't go dormant but gets badly burned in direct afternoon sun during the dry season. It still looks good in the shade during the dry season, provided of course it's well watered. Those are Polypodiaceae. I've also got a couple of Nephrolepis species (or hybrids?), Marsilea drummondii (native), Acrostichum speciosum (native), Ceratopteris thalictroides (native), Pteris, Blechnum, plus a couple of others. The natives do have an advantage but their normal habitat is often permanently wet.
  11. Petiolaris complex sundew division

    I have D. dilatato-petiolaris growing but I think the problem most people have with them is they underestimate the conditions these plants need - intense sun, hot humidity and hot water.
  12. Adiantum peruvianum problems

    There are a lot of plants that cope really well here but as a gardener there's a lot more I'd like to grow. Every climate has its challenges so it's a matter of research and experimentation. Cacti don't do well here. The dry season's okay with clear skies and high temperatures, but come the wet season with heavy rain and constant high humidity they just rot. Although, I've got a couple of those tropical ones like Selenicereus chrysocardium which grows well but won't flower because nights just don't get cold enough. I've never had any luck with Dragon Fruit, Hylocereus undatus, but some people do grow it here, even commercially.
  13. Adiantum peruvianum problems

    For some reason this posted twice.
  14. Adiantum peruvianum problems

    I used to grow Platycerium years back when I lived down south. Had a huge P. superbum growing in a tree. Also had a lot of P. bifurcatum. Gave my father a small bifurcatum that he put in a tree. It grew to over 2 metres across. Eventually the tree died and collapsed under the weight. For up where I am now I got a number of small plants off it but they all eventually declined and died. One I have now is tiny and barely staying alive. Would like to try a P. veitchii, they're very drought tolerant and okay in heat. There's no indoor plants in my place, it's not really practical. Outdoors they're covered by the automatic irrigation system which comes on in the early hours of the morning and is off before the sun comes up. It keeps things going through the rest of the day. Daytime temperatures through the winter, our dry season, average 33C to 34C, although now, in late winter, we usually get 35C to 37C. When the rainy season comes it doesn't matter so much as the humidity is up as well. But that won't be until about October or November.
  15. Adiantum peruvianum problems

    As far as I'm aware there's only one Noonamah, no guessing Yes, this time of year humidity (or rather lack thereof) is a problem. Good thing A. philippense is deciduous, or goes dormant, and can completely dry out. On the other hand A. hispidulum doesn't go dormant but it can't completely dry out. But with the heat and low humidity we get during winter a lot of the 'shop bought' Adiantums just keel over. Come the wet season with hot humid weather they all do well. Fortunately there are some ferns that cope with that, but not enough of them for my liking. I also have a small treefern, Cyathea cooperi. After the demise of a few earlier on I'm now virtually flooding it during the dry season and hoping that when the wet season comes it won't drown. I do a lot of experimenting with plants, not always successfully.