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    Martin, yes, our first trip to Western Australia is really 7 years ago. Time is really running fast, so it was time to go there again! In the afternoon we drove further east and stopped at a place, that had as least as many cps as the place before. Here, we also found D. magna and D. prophylla There were also some nice D. porrecta growing. At this location, D. thysanosepala had white flowers. For us, the hihlight of this location were two orange flowered Drosera, D. barbigera and D. coomallo. Both of them had been in flower the day we saw them. Grastree are very typical for that area. You can find them on many places, that carnivorous plants grow. They are actually a good indicator to find possible Drosera habitats. Stylidium can also be found almost everywhere. They seem to prefer similar habitats than Drosera. Regards, Christian
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    Black Sarracenia have been in the cross hairs of breeders for a long time now, but few have succeeded in creating such a beast. Granted, there are a few Sarracenia out there that do turn black with an "artificial suntan" aka when greenhouse grown, but has anyone made a plant that turns black from head to toe without the need of a greenhouse? It's definitely not easy to make such a plant, the reason being that most of the black clones/genetics in cultivation are difficult to coax that color out of them. They really need the exact right conditions to darken up! Sure, they will get black when grown under powerful lights indoors or under greenhouse conditions, but outdoors, they merely get dark. Here's a good example of a black alata that gets dark under my outdoor conditions, but not black. This is S. alata dark 'upward lid' Stone Co, MS: In the wild, they definitely can get pretty dark as the traps age, but you don't see such a high frequency of dark alatas in cultivation. As an aside, I've bred with many "proven" black alata clones only to find the offpsring are generally not as impressive. Some selfed plants (ie. selfed alata 'Night') looked quite impressive greenhouse grown, but they still don't color up easily outdoors. Anyways, the pics below are from wild plants growing in Stone Co, MS: Previously, the closest thing I've personally grown that gets really dark without a greenhouse suntan is Phil's Faulisi's Black Widow: Honorable mention shout out to Rob Sacilotto's S. 'Tornado'(aka S. 'Vortex') There are also pictures online of some black flava x alata crosses made by insektenfang.com, but since the pictures are clearly copyrighted, I'm not going to copy them in this thread. That hybrid appears to have a very black head, but the body is dark red. I'm very confident these were greenhouse grown plants, and they appear to be as dark as some of the black alatas grown under greenhouse conditions. For those of us without greenhouses, are there any individual plants out there that turn black even under outdoor conditions? I'm not aware of any non-man made plants like that. Logically, there has to be a way to make a completely black plant from head to toe using flava rubricorpora and the dark alatas, so that's what I did. Black widow is really cool, but I want blacker! LOL I made several small batch crosses with many different clones in search of that black individual. By small batch, I mean I sowed between 30-50 or so seeds per batch. Surprisingly, most were duds: while the plants were pretty and many were bright red, none were black, so I tossed every last cross out. In one cross, I did get a few darker indivduals, but not darker than black widow. GAH!!!! Phil either got lucky or did a lot of pheno hunting to find black widow. Anyways, Next thought was, what if I grew out over a 1000 seeds, will that one black individual appear? Those black genes have to be there somewhere, maybe it's just a numbers game. But it's not practical to grow out 1000 of each cross, that could take up a lot of space very quickly and become impractical. I decided to focus on one cross that had dark individuals and re-made it the following year, producing an enormous seed batch. If a few dark ones showed up in 50 seeds or less, will that one black one show up in 1000? It was a ridiculous amount of work transplanting seedlings and culling lighter colored individuals. No, I didn't grow them all the way out (don't have space and time for that), I did massive cullings and selected out the darkest ones. With a combination of an educated guess and the power of numbers, I finally found that one individual that I was looking for! Interestingly, NOT A SINGLE OTHER PLANT in the super sized seedling batch was as dark as this individual! There were some that I suspect could probably get blacker with an artificial suntan, but I was looking for the one that gets black under multiple environmental conditions. There were other individuals that came close in terms of blackness, but I culled them to make sure imposters don't go into circulation. Speaking of imposters, this is the reason that I'm not giving out exact details about the clones used in this cross, but in general, flava rubricorpora and alata were used, just like in Phil's black widow cross. Perhaps the beans are being spilled quite early as this plant is still a seedling, but after you see the pics below, you'll probably agree that this individual is already outstanding. In case you haven't already read this thread about seedling selection and want to dig deeper, I recommend reading this: http://sarracenia.proboards.com/thread/4004/seedling-selection This un-named clone below doesn't start off black: the traps really have to age before it gets to this color. This plant was naturally grown outdoors in Northern California, and quite possibly represents one of the first of its kind that can get black from head to toe without an artificial greenhouse suntan: In case you want to zoom in to see the details of the pic above: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/39714739103/in/dateposted/ and if you want to zoom in: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/31737863587/in/photostream/ The whole dang thing is black: Another shot: notice some of the younger, smaller traps still have some greenish pigments on the lid: In case you want a close up of that last pic: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/45954892134/in/photostream/ This is still a seedling, so again, I may be spilling the beans a bit early about it. For this reason, it won't be named or go into circulation until it reaches vegetative maturity and has been throughly "explored." Who knows, something better might turn up in the meantime. To be continued....
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    Hello, last September i have been together with some friends on a cp trip in Western Australia. We found by far more many carnivorous plants, orchids and other stuff than we could imagine. I am still sorting my pictures and will post them here, whenever i have some ready. I have already posted some in the german forum, so please forgive me in case you have already seen some of them. We spent the first day nort of Perth on our way to Cervantes. The first location was a lake, still in Perth. There we foud the following plants. Drosera erythorhiza is probaby the most widespread species in that area. If you find cps, there will probably bee some of them as well. The only Drosera, that might rival D. erythrorhiza is D. glanduligera. It's one of the most wide spread Drosera throghout Australia. You will find them almost everywhere in South Western Australia. Interestingly it is very hard to grow Drosera pulchella is likely the pygmy Drosera we found most often. They are ofen found on very wet places (which is not typical for Drosera in that area). The lakes around Perth are know for the hybrid D. x sidjamesi (patens x pulchella). As it is very hard to identify none flowering pygmy Drosera i am not 100% sure, but i think the following plant is one of these hybrids. This evening we wanted to stay in Cervantes. Cervantes is know for the Nambung National Park and the Pinnacles Desert. That's a must if you are in that area. The landscape is just amazing! Regards, Christian
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    James ellis bought it and moved the plants to a new address,he does grow a lot of the nep thingies though
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    Whatever happened to Insektenfang? Their website has gone and the Facebook page hasn't been updated for 18 months. I know Aidan sold it to a new owner.
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    That.'s a very dark plant Mike. Let me correct you though,the plant you mention from insectanfang was actually bred by me. It is one of 4 plants I grew out from a batch of seed I pollinated,I sent AIDAN a piece to see how dark it would go,my conditions are not perfect for colouring up but this plant showed potential! I will try a piece outside this summer,if we get one nice enough.we get a lot of cloud most summers and our temperatures are,nt great either that,s why we grow undercover to try and get the best from our plants in a very short growing season. AIDAN lives in the USA now,I. M sure he,d let you use the picture if you ask him. ADA
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    hello @meizwang super work the plants looks great. the time and work was worth it! Great wicked over your work and the thought you have made. Sincerely, Elvis ps: if you share them then I'll be interested
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    Give them a good soaking and then let the pots drain off so the compost is damp. Standing in a few mm of water won't hurt this time of year. Either leave the pitchers on or cut them off - there'll be new ones in the spring anyhow..
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    I'll let you know when I put my list out.
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    Hello, we spent the next day northwest of Cervantes. The area is full of carnivorous plants and we found many of them. The pictures i show here are all just from the morning before noon. We started the day at Lake Thetis. Lake Thetis is know for one of the few remaining living Stromatolites that still exist on earth. Another thing you should look at when you are in this area. The lake is quite flat and very salty. There are no carnivorous plants directly at the lake. In the surrounding vegetation you can find some D. macrantha. I have only taken bad pictures of them, so it's not worth to show. We than drove further towards Jurien Bay. There we fastly bought some food and drinks for the evening before we started to look for carnivorous plant. It did not take long until we found the first cps of the day. There were so many, that we stayed the whole morning there without even noticing how long we stayed there. Here are some pictures It's not always easy to identify plants from the D. erythrorhiza complex. I think, the following plants are D. magna. Drosera glanduligera is really growing everywhere! Here we also found the first plants from the D. menziesii complex. There have been two species, D. menziesii and D. thysanosepala. In 2011 i made a similar trip through south Western Australia. We did not see D. prophylla back then, so this was a new species to all of us. We also found some D. hirsuta, which is again a species we have not seen in 2011. There have also been some pygmy Drosera. At this place we found a very nice population of Drosera spilos. It's always worth to look not only for carnivorous plants. Western Australia has many fascinating plants! Part 2 of that day will follow.... Regards, Christian
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    Some nice pictures there . Any chance of some captions to tell us exactly what they are please? Rob
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    Nepenthes veitchii BE-3646 Nepenthes veitchii Golden, Highland (Bareo, Borneo) Nepenthes veitchii (Batu Buli - Batu Lawi, 1500 m, Kelabit Highlands, Borneo) Nepenthes northiana Nepenthes faizaliana Nepenthes stenophylla (Borneo) Nepenthes ovata (Sumatra)
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    I don’t know how often if at all you guys have experienced the problem of Humic Acid buildup on your plants. I searched the forums and didn’t find anything here about it in a cursory search. Maybe your peat is different enough there that you don’t get it wicking humic acid as much. The problem is unique and new to me so I didn’t know what it was when it first showed up on plants. But quickly I found the problem and with some help from others on the terraforums so I wanted to share my experience here if it helps at all. NOTE: Quote box messed things up and put everything in one square. First part is a quote from Joseph Clemens explaining the problem and then the rest is my text and me talking about my plants that had the issue and how I went ahead with the recommended treatments and shared the pictures. The quote box covered the rest of the post for some reason and made everything look like a quote and not from me.
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    they are fine,they can stand a surprising amount of frost without any ill effects. They are also very slow growing from seed,so there is nothing wrong with them size wise. They are in sphagnum which has nothing at all nutrient wise to make them grow better,repot them into peat/perlite and you will see a real growth spurt in the spring and one last thing most sarracenia seedlings look the same in the first year anyway no matter what species they are. ada
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    Merry Christmas, thanks My Nepenthes robcantleyi is BE clone, I also think that Nepenthes robcantleyi is one of the prettiest Nepenthes
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    Heliamphora huberi (Amuri Tepui, Venezuela) Heliamphora minor Heliamphora pulchella (Apacapa Tepui, Venezuela) Heliamphora tatei (Cerro Huachamacari)
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    Heliamphora seedlings Heliamphora neblinae (Cerro Neblina) Heliamphora parva
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    Nepenthes mindanaoensis (Philippines) From seeds Nepenthes jamban (Sumatra) Nepenthes robcantleyi Nepenthes spectabilis (Gunung Sibuatan, Sumatra) Nepenthes bicalcarata Giant Red (Sarawak, Borneo) Nepenthes burbidgeae x platychila
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    A few days ago we discovered that the forum hosting company had started charging us for running two servers for CPUK, rather than one. We did not request a second service, other than our backup service. Upon contacting them, they told us which service needed to go and told me to delete it via the client area. I did this as instructed. They told me the wrong one. This unfortunately also included the backups. Upon deleting our active server we then discovered that they had been storing our weekly backups of the system on the same server, rather than on a different one (which is best practice). The only backup that was available to us to be successfully restored was from August. This was when we moved to a faster SSD server. Therefore all content posted onto the forum, along with PMs and new sponsors advertising on the homepage, is as it was on August 5th 2018. All information between that date and Sunday, December 9th 2018 has been irretrievably lost by the hosting company. Needless to say, we are incredibly disappointed (not my actual words) in the service we've been paying for and the impact this has had on our community here. We will be moving to our own web hosting service very shortly. There may be some downtime during this changeover. I'll post when it has moved successfully and we can all work together to rebuild our beloved forum from the rubble as I know our forum membership can, no doubt, rise to the occasion and make CPUK great again! When the Phoenix has risen from the ashes, we ask that anyone who has recently posted plants AND SEED for sale or exchange to please list these here again. This would benefit many people. If you registered after August 5th you will need to reregister again. If you have just registered (or done it again) I will send out the validation emails when the transfer is complete. We are so sorry for all the inconvenience caused to all affected by this issue. Yours sincerely Richard Bunn CPUK Forum Webmaster The Carnivorous Plant Society www.thecps.org.uk
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    Nepenthes Hookeriana Nepenthes Rebecca Soper Nepenthes spathulata x aristolochioides Nepenthes ampullaria Bronze (Nabire, Papua) Nepenthes suratensis
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    In my opinion Heldros is a very solid shop and probably the best in my country in terms of reliability. I've bought many plants from them in a timeframe of couple years. With every single purchase plants were dispatched immediately, all of the very exact size as stated on the website and in perfect health. I'll repeat myself here - perfect health. I was especially amazed by beautiful Darlingtonias I got. The owner of Heldros - Marek - is an honest person with great knowledge of his plants. Heldros - highly recommended.
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    I had one bad experience with them. Last year I bought some Drosera ascendens seeds. I sowed them in a terrarium and after some time what did I see? A bunch of Drosera capensis. So I wrote to them. They responded, that the capensis must've gotten there accidentally from somewhere else and that they surely send me the correct seeds, but they just didn't germinate...Yeah right. What are the odds, of rouge capensis seeds getting into the terrarium, from a plant that's standing a few meters away and didn't flower for some time? Not to mention, that it germinated in the EXACT same spot, that I've sown the supposed D. ascendens. Not to mention, that it couldn't be ascendens, as this plant is not yet in widespread cultivation, as i learned after some time. I'm 100% sure, that it's Drosera latifolia and I wrote to them about that, asking them to correct the name. I gave them a link to the article supporting that and ask to show me photos of the flower stalk. I only got an arrogant response saying "I'm selling what I say i do". They didn't even acknowledge a logical reasoning.