The first time I visited this place, I was looking at the mountains surrounding it and thinking there should be some CPs up there. The habitat was composed mainly of grasslands, and it was near the first placed I described in the previous topic about Santander (Mesa de los Santos), the only difference being that this place was at the other side of the Chicamocha canyon.
I asked my friend Solimary to go there with me and look for CPs and there we went. Up there the grasslands are crossed by small streams of water, and the place looks dry, whithout big trees or forests:
It did not take us long to find the first Utricularia plants along the streams of water, and later on we found our first Drosera plant. I was really excited and also surprised because the plants looked different from the plants of D.communis from around Los Santos. I did not know what this species was, but I knew by previous conversations with Fernando Rivadavia that it was possible that D.cayennensis or a related species grew around here.
Now, after showing the pictures to Fernando and Andreas Fleischmann the conclusion is that this species is related to D.cayennensis and more precisely that it conforms well with the description of D.colombiana by Fernandez-Perez so I am now calling it Drosera colombiana.
Now to the pictures.
Some plants growing in the ground, between the grasses:
A close up of one plant, showing the hairy petioles:
A group of plants, one of them with a dried flower scape:
a close up of other plant with a dried flower scape:
the plants growing shaded by the grasses are not red but green:
Here you can take an idea of the size of the plants:
Scapes and sepals have glandular hairs, and the corolla is pink, I could not find an open flower:
Another interesting find near this plants, was a frog hiding in a cave in the ground:
Well, that's all for now fellow CP lovers. I hope you liked the second part of this series.
There will soon be a third one, from a near but very different place.