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    Final Positive Legal Update Dear Members The recent situation with The CPS, Mrs Bell and Mr Tite has now been fully resolved. The Charity Commission has agreed with the legal advice from our Solicitor that neither were legally appointed trustees and the Commission have therefore removed both from our record, and have reset the password for us to take rightful control of the Charity portal again. The Charity Commission record has also been updated with the new Trustees elected at the recent AGM, and the Charity contact details and website listing have been updated correctly. The Governing Document voted in at the AGM has also been submitted to the Charity Commission, as we are required to do. We are now in a position to move the Society forward. There are many more positive things in the pipeline so watch this space. We have been exhibiting at Tatton Park flower show, RHS Wisley and RHS Rosemoor, with other events coming up soon. If you have any suggestions to move the society forward in a positive manner, please do let us have your suggestions. If you have any questions please contact us via the contact form on our website (www.thecps.org.uk) Regards The Trustees and Committee The Carnivorous Plant Society
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    black volcanic sand jeff
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    Very nice looking windowswill!! It is all clean and perfect!! Well done!
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    Just a few collages of my ever increasing collection. Hope you enjoy them.
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    Dionaea "LB Wire" New A selection Lucien B. And his little
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    Hi all, I've noticed this year that many of my traps, especially the larger ones, tend to have bendy / crooked looking teeth. To the point that when the trap closes, the teeth don't always come together properly. I've attached a photo below which I think shows a good example of what I mean. Does anyone know why this could be? Thank you for any help.
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    Hello That's a nice plant you got there! If I can see it right, your plant is a drosera capensis. Those plants are really forgiving so it won't mind being repotted now. I just repot my drosera capensis when it's needed. Drosera capensis is also a subtropical plant so it does not require a dormancy period, with optimal conditions it keeps on growing the whole year round.
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    This is a hybrid I created back in 2011, of the two different plants I have this one is the most attractive with a stunning striped peristome and a very nice red coloration in both lower and intermediate pitchers. Nepenthes bokorensis x (veitchii x lowii): This is an upper pitcher:
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    My front garden Sarracenia. Been growing them outside for over ten years now..
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    Not common but not that rare either. I've noticed they seem to occur after a sudden drop in temperature, like an unusually cold night during the growing season.
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    Thanks so much Andy for your sharing your knowledgeable insights. I am grateful for your expertise in being able at least to identify the various species that make up this wacky hybrid. I wish I had such a talent as yours.
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    Just a quick few photos of the habitat and some of plants of Utricularia vulgaris in mass-flowerings in the vast Kopački rit wetlands in north-eastern Croatia a fortnight ago. Sorry the photos don't really do the utric justice... they were really en-masse but very hard to photograph.
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    Pinguicula gypsicola
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    The “compact” Gigantea from seed has flowered just today... here I put some photos... the p. Gigantea alba has divided itself... maybe my p. Gigantea alba is not a sterile clone... in the next days I’ll discover it
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    Hi all, I installed the last sections of staging (all home made) in the greenhouse over the weekend and all is looking much tidier now! Very pleased with the look...
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    Hello everyone, last spring I had my first sporophytes on Sphagnum. They appeared on Sphagnum fimbriatum, a monoicous species. This means a single plant can produce both male and female reproductive cells (Both eggs and sperm cells). In order to have sporophytes on the dioicous Sphagnum species, you will need both a female and a male clone, but not for this S. fimbriatum. I decided to do a little experiment and grow Sphagnum from spores. While looking in the literature I read this article: 'Habitat requirements for establishment of Sphagnum from spores' (Sundberg et al., 2002). The authors found out that Sphagnum spore germination is limited by nutrients (phosphate). This means that Sphagnum spores germinate on places where there are more nutrients then where adult Sphagnum plants occur (usually nutrient-poor soils). I decided to do the experiment in three different setups. 3 small containers with blonde peat that has been cooked to kill all spores present. In one I added fertilzer but no spores, in the other I added spores of S. fimbriatum but no fertiliser and in the last one, both spores and fertilser (really low amount) was added. The experiment started somewhere halfway june 2017. Now we are 5 months further. Cooking the peat seemed effective as no growth is observed in the container without sown spores. Also the outcome of this little experiment is perfectly in line with Sundberg et al.: not a single spore germinated on bare peat without any nutrients available. This is how the containers looked like 5 months ago: How they look like today (the container on the bottom contains nutrients and spores, in both others not a single plant appeared) They are still not looking like adult Sphagnum, but last week I could watch them under a microscope and they show the typical characteristic hyaline cell structure like any other Sphagnum, so now I'm finally sure it's not a random moss. Now I'll show some pictures from the development of the little plants. Sporophytes are almost ripe, 7th of June First germination a month after sowing: these are really small thallose protonemata from Sphagnum fimbriatum, 17th of July Growth of the protonemata 2 months after sowing, 14th of August Development of the gametophyte on a protonema, 28th of August Young gametophytes, 11th of October Young gametophytes of S. fimbriatum 5 months after sowing, 4 months after germination, 14th of November. I consider this experiment as over now, but I might add a picture once the plants shows adult characteristics of S. fimbriatum. Enjoy the pictures, I had a lot of fun following up these little creatures!
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    This is a really short, but amazing video showing the spore ejection from sphagnum. It was apparently a mystery how they got the spores so high, until they filmed it at very high speed and saw that the capsule actually developed a vortex ring, and with that could send the spores much higher than just a straightforward squirt.