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#1 sciabokho

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 06:41 AM


I just put my blog about my fieldtrip near Darwin online. Here is a link to it:



#2 Zlatokrt

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 14:37 PM

Photos of petiolaris Drosera from nature are not common, it must have been an interesting trip.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 14:49 PM

Ouah ! Good photos, it's interesting to see these uncommon plants in their natural envirronment :D
So sad I can't read german...

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 14:53 PM

Wow!! That was some trip! You did an absolutely fantastic job with the pics & the article describing your trip -- many thanks!! It's so rare that we get to see these plants in their natural habitat - fantastic!!


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Posted 09 January 2012 - 17:15 PM

fantastic report! Thanks for sharing.

#6 Daniel O.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 18:06 PM

Hi Felix,

nice pictures and report nethertheless i did not understand everything.
For sure you have had a nice time there.
Thanks for sharing.

Best regards,


#7 Fernando Rivadavia

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 02:27 AM

Wow, how did you manage to find so many species?? Congratulations! It is truly a great pleasure to see rare pics of these plants in the wild, thank you!!

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 06:33 AM

Mon dieu, Felix!!! :ohmy: GREAT field report! It made me drool onto my keyboard!!! *sigh* I love the section Lasiocephala sundews so muchly! The pictures drive me to tears...

....tears of joy, of course! :wink:

Congrats! :Laie_71mini:


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Posted 11 January 2012 - 04:16 AM

How i'd manage? All the difference drove me crazy... I'm still getting a lot of info of everything I've seen. And more questions aswell.
Anayway, I walked with a big smill for days and liked it to share this with you. Tnx for the replies.


Ps your tears rememberd me of all the rivers of sweat rolling of my face dripping on my camera and the tiny plants I hung above--> over 40 C.

#10 Greg Allan

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 18:48 PM

Great plants, especially the Byblis aquatica. What were the Byblis growing conditions like? Also, did the Byblis have many insects adhered to the leaves?



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Posted 12 January 2012 - 09:21 AM

That was very good, and a great help to me. It's always difficult to identify these plants, and you've already done most of the hard work. I guess your trip was last year as this year the weather has been unusually dry and not all the plants are out yet.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 10:13 AM

He Felix, heel erg mooi! Posted Image

I guess your trip was last year as this year the weather has been unusually dry and not all the plants are out yet.

As far as I know, Felix is actually there at this moment, so the fieldreport is this year.

Edited by Emiel, 12 January 2012 - 10:14 AM.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 00:13 AM

Actually probably last year, this wet season, but I know what you mean. It's just that after TC Grant everything started to dry out rapidly. Last week I was looking for some Utricularia in a particular spot but never found any. There's some Drosera about, mainly petiolaris. Next week I'll be out and see what I can come up with. But of course the best time is end of the wet season and early part of the dry season.

This is the checklist for Drosera in the NT:
banksii R.Br. ex DC.
brevicornis Lowrie
burmanni Vahl
darwinensis Lowrie
derbyensis Lowrie
dilatatopetiolaris Kondo
falconeri Kondo & Tsiang
fulva Planch.
indica L.
lanata Kondo
ordensis Lowrie
paradoxa Lowrie
petiolaris R.Br. ex DC.
subtilis N.G.Marchant

And the checklist for Utricularia:
arnhemica P.Taylor
aurea Lour.
australis R.Br.
bifida L.
caerulea L.
capilliflora F.Muell.
cheiranthos P.Taylor
chrysantha R.Br.
circumvoluta P.Taylor
dunlopii P.Taylor
dunstaniae F.E.Lloyd
foveolata Edgew.
fulva F.Muell.
gibba L.
hamiltonii F.E.Lloyd
holtzei F.Muell.
involvens Ridl.
kamienskii F.Muell.
kimberleyensis C.A.Gardner
lasiocaulis F.Muell.
leptoplectra F.Muell.
leptorhyncha O.Schwarz
limosa R.Br.
minutissima Vahl
muelleri Kamienski
odorata Pell.
quinquedentata F.Muell. ex P.Taylor
rhododactylos P.Taylor
singeriana F.Muell.
sp. Red (R.K.Harwood 145)
sp. Small white (M.O.Rankin 2450)
stellaris L.f.
subulata L.
triflora P.Taylor
tubulata F.Muell.
uliginosa Vahl

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 04:27 AM

beautiful photographs! thanks so much for putting up with the ridiculous heat and humidity to share these pictures with us!

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 08:56 AM

Photo's are taken 6 januari till 9 januari 2012. Most flowering plants were flowering for a while. Still conditions were dry, or the soil dried out quikly when the sun was shining.
Inhad one major thunderstorm and there was a cyclone two weeks earlier.

The Byblis was growing in a bit shade in open forrest and a bit wetter then the orher plants. They al grew in some sort of grass. They apeared to do not catch a lot of prey. Maybe strong showers washed them off once in a while. What I found remarkeble was the fact they all, realy all grew upon little hills of soil.

#16 Andreas Fleischmann

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 13:28 PM

Dear Felix,

Thank you for that great report, and for showing the beautifull Drosera photos.
The first species you found abundantly is not D. dilatato-petiolaris, but D. brevicornis. The flower scapes are much too thick and robust to be D. dilatato-petiolaris, and the pedicels would also be much longer in that species. There are only two species that have flower stalks and pedicels like the plants on your photos (and both are very closely related), namely D. fulva and D. brevicornis. In the flower close-up (the first one, with pure white petals) you can clearly see the "horns" at the tip of the anthers: it is D. brevicornis. And the flower below, with the larger and slightly pinkish petals clearly to D. fulva.

Unfortunately it is a bit difficult for me to ID the Utricularia species from that flower angle, as I would need to see the spur and the bracts to confirm its identity. But it is most likely U. leptorhyncha. Do you perhaps have a photo of the flower in lateral view?

The Drosera you were not sure about whether it is D. darwinensis or D. brevicornis is D. darwinensis.

Very nice photographs!

All the best,