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    The Florida Panhandle is one of the world's most important areas for biodiversity. This nine-day trip to the Gulf Coast states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi was arranged to explore the longleaf pine forests. Historically, these ecosystems once stretched right across the South, nearly unbroken, from Virginia to Florida to Texas. Today less than 5 percent remains of the 90-million acre original system, which included open pine savannas with a lush understory of native grasses and groundcover. These forests host a remarkably diverse plant and animal community that includes some 300 bird and 2,500 plant species. Many of them depend upon a structure that is maintained by a frequent fire cycle (either natural or through managed-burns). Of particular interest, were the bogs and other wetlands that provide a home to carnivorous plant communities. Due to man's unfortunate presence (drainage/land reclamation, development for housing, mining and logging activities) several of the sites may represent the last remnants of these communities. Many of the sites were on stewarded land (e.g. Nature Conservancy) whilst others were not. No detailed location information is provided in this album. Additionally, the trip also provided an opportunity to view wetland birds, insects, reptiles etc. Unfortunately, flash-flooding and heavy rainfall associated with Tropical Storm/Hurricane Barry meant that several hiking trails were closed or impassable in Louisiana and Mississippi. Similarly, by the time I returned to Florida, water levels in Apalachicola National Forest and the prairies towards Gainesville had risen significantly. This meant that further opportunities to view additional sites was unfulfilled.
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    Hi, I like to show you some pics of my tuberous Drosera. D. browniana D. collina D. erythorhiza D. lowriei, giant form D. aff. stolonifera, mini hills form
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    Hi everyone, Recently I had the opportunity to travel to the USA to see sarracenias in situ. I would love to share some photos with all of you. My First location was Greenville Co. in South Carolina. Thank you very much ! Gustavo
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    Hi all, it has been some time since my last post with photos here. I have moved to a new house two years back, built some new growing spaces, improved my lighting systems... There is still a lot of to do (like a greenhouse), but the plants are currently growing fine, which I would like to share. I have three main growing spaces: grow tent with a 220 W led source, used only for the winter (the plants are otherwise in the garden) and two aquariums rebuilt for the plants, one for helis with 90 W led source and one with led stripes, circa 75 W in total. Hope you will like it. Adam The grow tent: Tray with tuberous sundews D. aberrans D. zonaria D. browniana D. squamosa D. hookeri D. erythrorhiza Among others, D. hilaris looks great this time of the year D. esterhuyseniae And flowering P. immaculata on a calcareous rock The aquarium with heliamphoras, they were recently flowering wildely (the aquarium is usually covered, the cover was removed during taking this photo): And the sundew aquarium. Both aquariums are in the basement and I have currently improved them with a cooling... a hose connected to the ventilation of the basement, which constantly blows cool air from the outside into the aquarium. The temperatures vary very nicely with about 25 °C during the day and slightly below 20 °C during the night. Some of the plants - D. chrysolepis, D. camporupestris, D. magnifica, D. villosa, D. spiralis, D. tomentosa var. glabrata... The succulent leaves of G. roraimensis This D. solaris is going to flower soon (but I have never got any seeds from it) D. meristocaulis - small, but growing D. arenicola D. kaieteurensis And D. hirticalyx - I do not know why, but this species stays always green in my conditions, never getting the deep red as in nature. Does it need so much more light than the other species? Or is it the clone which is in cultivation?
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    Hello Some time ago I Found this nice population of Drosera intermedia. The site was quite small but there where many plants. The plants where growing in peaty sand near a pond. In the winter the whole location is probably very wet or partly submerged. I also noticed that the plants where much smaller then the plants I grow myself. They were only 3.5 cm high. Some close-ups: Overview:
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    pinguicule alpine + alpine all red pinguicula poldini hi Fabrizio
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    Thanks. Here is my lovely D. modesta. Still waiting for my U. aureomaculata to open. So close now.
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    13th ICPS Conference May 22−24, 2020 Himeji, Japan Himeji Castle. Cropped image from photo © Corpse Reviver / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0 GFDL. The ICPS Conference 2020 will be held in Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture from Friday, May 22 to Sunday, May 24, 2020. The city is renowned for Himeji Castle, a world heritage site that proudly represents the beauty of Japanese castles. Also, there is the Hyogo Prefectural Flower Center in the vicinity (about a 45-minute drive), which has a world-class carnivorous plant collection. Himeji is accessible from Kansai International Airport or from Tokyo by “Shinkansen” bullet train. The 3-day conference will be held at a conference facility known as “Biz Space,” located a 7-minute walk from Himeji Station and within walking distance of several major hotels. The lectures will cover a wide range of topics such as scientific/academic research, horticulture, conservation, etc. We are planning to bring in English-Japanese interpreters so that more Japanese members can participate in the conference. Plant displays and sales booths, including a Japanese top-class CP nursery, will be available in the same building during the conference. The conference banquet is to be held on May 23 or 24 at a near-by restaurant, where you can enjoy a good mix of Japanese and Western cuisines together with an impressive nighttime view of Himeji Castle. On May 25, we are planning a special day trip to the Hyogo Prefectural Flower Center. We will be guided through the amazing collections of Nepenthes, Sarracenia, and other carnivorous plants in the spectacular carnivorous plant greenhouse as well as the backyard. You will be meeting the giant N. clipeata and N. pervillei that were introduced in the 2018 ICPS conference. On May 26, we will enjoy an excursion to see the local habitats of Drosera rotundifolia, D. tokaiensis, and D. lunata, and maybe a few Utricularia, and then a trip to Tokyo for an overnight stay. On the following day (May 27), we will visit the habitat of Pinguicula ramosa, the Japanese endemic butterwort, on Mt. Nyoho, Nikko City. Note that it might be too early to see the flowers. Details including dates of the field trips will be finalized shortly. The 2020 ICPS Conference will be hosted by the three Japanese CP societies: The Japanese Carnivorous Plant Society (JCPS), The Carnivorous Plant Exploration Society (CPES), and The Tokai Carnivorous Plant Society (TCPS). These 3 societies mainly cover the Kanto, Kansai, and Tokai regions, respectively, and have been collaborating with each other and contributing to the prevalence and awareness of carnivorous plants in Japan. More information on the conference will be posted when it becomes available. We are looking forward to seeing you in Himeji in May 2020!
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    Last autumn I had a bog installed in the sunniest corner of our south-west facing rear garden. Having been a collector of carnivorous plants for many years this modest-sized bog garden now affords me to develop a more permanent display in the garden. At around 3.5m (long) x 4.2m (at its widest), the total volume of materials required to fill it comprised: 1,600 litres of peat; 400kg of horticultural sand (lime-free, of course), 400 litres of perlite. The compositional mix varies, depending on the intended location of the various plant types. Planting has started this weekend with 25x Darlingtonia californica, 15x Pinguicula grandiflora, 40x Dionaea muscipula with a further 25x butterworts, 35x Venus's flytraps, 65x sundews (including Drosera binata, capensis, rotundifolia, filiformis, tracyii, anglica), and 60x hardy pitcher plants (Sarracenia flava, flava var. maxima, flava var. cupra, flava var. rugelii, flava var. rubricorpora, purpurea purpurea, purpurea venosa and purpurea heterophylla and a few natural hybrids) to be planted later this month. Sympathetic bog plants that are non-invasive will provide shelter to some of the more delicate carnivorous plant species. On the raised railway sleeper platform at the rear, a specially commissioned 1.3m tall pitcher plant sculpture made by a master blacksmith will add year-round interest and a focal point for the winter months. If people are interested in seeing how the project develops, I will be updating this post periodically. Message me if you want details of landscaper, blacksmith and nurseries and stone/growing medium stockists and I'll be happy to share these. Really looking forward to getting this planted and for the summer to roll round!
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    Hi all, Just wanted to share this Drosera rotundifolia I found growing on Bodmin moor in the UK. They were once more widespread here, but following a recent expansion of the A30 road, a long strip of the plants were destroyed, along with some bog orchid species. This photo is taken of a population that grows about 200m from the road.
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    Some pictures of Drosophyllum 'in-situ' Location: Portugal, Mata da Machada and Santiago do Cacém Date:29/12/2019 and 30/12/2019 New Pictures added from Santiago do Cacém, date: 05/01/2020. Best regards, Cumprimentos / best regards, Nelson José Luís Gaspar Associação Portuguesa de Plantas Carnívoras www.appcarnivoras.org forum.appcarnivoras.org twitter.com/appcarnivoras instagram.com/appcarnivoras facebook.com/appcarnivoras facebook.com/groups/appcarnivoras
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    I finally found my password so to celebrate this here are some pictures of tuberous drosera d.rupicola d.zonaria geante d.tubaestylis d.Prophylla d.orbiculata d.Magna X d.erythrorhiza var imbecilla d.Lowrie geante d.Heterophylla d.erythrorhiza d.Basifolia by jp
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    Hi at all, every year this plant amazes me more and more, in this session the pitchers are becoming white, the green veins are disappearing and some picthers have a pink brushed on the edge of the hat: Ch Natale
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    Afew pics of pinguicula vulgaris and drosera rotundifolia near Melvaig on the north-west coast of Scotland during a recent holiday
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    Hi thought you might like a pic of d. modesta v donaldii. Enjoy. Dennis
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    Vegetarian sundews: Few people know, that carnivorous plants like also vegetarian diet, as long as it is rich in protein like flower pollen. To show this, we fed fresh stamens of a Sarracenia leucophylla with adhering pollen to four different Drosera species (photos). D. capensis and D. ultramafica rolled in the leaf as intensive as with animal prey. D. capensis x aliciae moved at least the surrounding tentacles to the protein pack and the tentacles of D. schizandra, which does not show any leaf movement even with mosquitoes, clearly dock on the pollen portion, enjoying the meal.
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    Never fear! You do not need a chemistry book to understand this film. Showing a bunch of beautiful sundew species and hybrids, we explain really briefly and clear why particular chemical ingredients of the sundews are not only interesting as cough medicine for homeopathy, but also as traits for taxonomy, in a manner as comprehensible for laypersons as possible. The featured chemical analysis (TLC) is helpful for the description of novel species and gains an additional dimension by the fact that most true species produce only one naphthoquinone or none, while hybrids show the chemistry of both parents combined. That means, if the parents produce different quinones, the hybrid shows both of them and both parents as well as the hybrid can be distinguished chemically that way.
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    Due to social distancing and the closure of schools. I had lunch while working from home, looking over a few plants. Hope you enjoy them. I also noticed my Utricularia aureomaculata is about to bloom, so I'll post a picture of that when it does
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    ... and finishing off the main structure. Still bracing to complete followed by the doors and vents. And then the glazing
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    Here I would describe my experience with p. gigantea. I’m not a great carnivorous plants grower, I’ve not a greenhouse or a terrarium, I only grow my plants for fan in poor conditions on my windowswill. This discussion is for stimulate people to grow this plant from seeds and carnivorous plants growers with more experience than me to write their considerations about this wonderful plant. I think that p. gigantea, a very popular carnivorous plant in cultivation, is not very known because there are always the same clones in culture, obtained from asexual reproduction. This plant is quite slow growing, so a very little growers grow it from seed. I bought my first plant from Triffid nurseries UK in March 2015. It was a great purple flower clone that You can see in photos 8 and 9. At that time I lived in the Southern part of Italy, so You can see the Etna’s volcanic dust on the pot and on the plant. I think this powder were very useful for my p. Gigantea growth. The next spring my plant flowers 3 times an I was able to self pollinate it 3 times. I had only this Mexican Pinguicula in flower, so there can’t be any hibrydization. The first times I‘ve sown all my seeds in peat and sand substrate and in pure river sand, but no one seed germinate. The third time, as I thought my seeds were steril, I ‘ve put them in a glass of pure distilled water, and they started to germinate in 4/5 days. As they germinated, I put them in peat, sand or volcanic lava with a spoon. You can see them in pictures 6 and 7, and a little bigger in picture 5, 3 and 4. About the mother plant I must say that it divided himself when it flowered. The plantlets (one for every flower stalk) grew from the point where the flower stalk had boarn.. but they boarn when the flowers were old, so never from the center of the plant. About seedlings, I must say that all had carnivorous glands on both side of the leaves... some of them, when they were very little, seems to have carnivorous glands only on the upper face of leaves, but when they grew a little, they have them on both side (I write it because I’ve red that a grower had some seedlings with no gland on the lower plant of leaves). In spring 2017 I bought from Heldros a beautiful p. gigantea alba (photo of today in picture 10. It is just waking up from dormancy) In summer 2017 I moved to north Italy and, very sadly, I’ve lost the mother plant (violet flower) and about 15 seedlings due to the trip and a storm that hit my plants. So I only saved p. Gigantea alba and two seedlings. The first one has long and narrow leaves. This winter I gave it to a friend. It was about 20 cm large. This January it made his first flower and my friend has shown me the photo. The flower was purple, very similar to his mother plant flore. When my friend will send me the photos, I’ll post them here. The second seedling is more compact, smaller, with “round” leaves in summer..the strange thing is that this plant has now divided without bloom yet (pictures 1 and 2). Now I see a very little white point that might be a forming flower. About my clone of pinguicula gigantea alba I can say that it has made 4 flowers (one will bloom in next weeks) from this January (2019). It has never divided yet. I subspect it is a sterile clone, because I never was able to pollinate it. It seems to me to have a very little pollen, so maybe I’ll try to pollinate it with my other Gigantea pollen when it will bloom. p.s.: I grow my p. Gigantea in a west facing windows when they never recive direct sunlight. temperatures: min 1 degree, max 30 degrees. I feed them with a lot of bugs and a little 20:20:20 fertilizer very diluited. Considerations: 1) in my growing conditions p. Gigantea grows form seeds to bloom size in 4-5 years 2) Pinguicula giganteas flowers only when it grows more than 15/17 cm in diameter 3) unless You can read a different experience, all my seedgrown plants have glands on both sides of leaves 4) probably there are also sterile clones in commerce 5) not all the clones have the same way to divide themselves 6) there is a lot of variability in seedgrown plants. Please, write here Your experiences and post here Your photos!
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    Hi, Continuing with the chronicle of my trip through the southeast of the USA, second location was Baldwin co. in Alabama, to pay a visit to the famous Splinter Hill Bog. It was the beginning of April and the bog although lacking the exuberance of summer or autumn, had the discreet charm of the first spring pitchers of which some of us are devoted, and of course flowers. Recent controlled burn. Thanks to some fellow local aficionados, we were able to discover a meadow between long leaf pines, where controlled burning had not taken place. Here leuco pitchers were bigger. Thank you very much! Gustavo
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    Some pictures of Drosophyllum 'in-situ' Location: Portugal, Mata da Machada and Santiago do Cacém Date:29/12/2019 and 30/12/2019 New Pictures added from Santiago do Cacém, date: 05/01/2020. Best regards, Cumprimentos / best regards, Nelson José Luís Gaspar Associação Portuguesa de Plantas Carnívoras www.appcarnivoras.org forum.appcarnivoras.org twitter.com/appcarnivoras instagram.com/appcarnivoras facebook.com/appcarnivoras facebook.com/groups/appcarnivoras
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    My offshoot is from Matthias Maier (Green Jaws). As far as I know, he never sold Carniflora plants as rare clones .
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    Hi guys... Below you can find 03 stamps that i've not insert here on this site... Serbia 2017 - Aldovandra - Malaysia 2018 - Nepenthes - Malaysia 2018 - Nepenthes X trusmadiensis -
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    Both are correct in a way. Drosera (and in fact many other plants) quickly turn red if there's enough sunlight as a means to protect against being burned. At this point the plants are most definitely burned, despite the red colour mechanism, because they haven't seen light of such intensity for a long time. These leaves won't produce dew anymore. The new leaves, however, will be adapted to the strong lights, won't burn, but will still look reddish. The red colour goes away again as the light intensity diminishes. Usually, Drosera leaves will be a dark green, with red tentacles. It's all very similar to humans getting a tan to protect against the sunlight. If you stay in the sunlight for too long before your skin has managed to acclimatise (by tanning), you'll get burned.
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    It's not good to grow temperate pings inside long term.they should be outside in the cold weather for full And proper dormancy
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    It is all ok... in the center you can see the hibernaculum... it is going to be dormant;-)
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    Hi :) I'm Jorge from Tenerife(Canary Islands) I'm 19 and I have been growing carnivorous plants since 12. I'm glad to be finally on this forum and I hope we can share knowledge together Digestive glands Nectary glands
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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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    Hi here’s some watercolour paintings of lowii and veitchii, the pieces are up for sale if anyone is interested.
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    I repotted my selenicerios grandiflora into a ten inch pot this year and it has rewarded me with eight flowers opening together.
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    Some of the nicest vulgaris I have seen, and quite a range of colours as well in Scotland today.
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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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    Just to get this year's photos started, here are my first flowers of the year. Flavas: Alatas:
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    I know that these are the commonest CPs going and everyone has seen them before, but this is the first time I have looked closely at these since growing CPs, and I recon I have learnt a lot. I was here for the geology, not the plants and only encountered D. rotundifolia and P. vulgaris but their occurrences interested me. There were almost none of either in bogs along streams or around larger ponds- I think these had too much sheep dung input and so too high in nutrients as they were filled with other bog plants. Most were in small bogs in depressions surrounded by rocks with very little stream input. The Drosera were almost all growing on Sphagnum or rarely other mosses I saw none on pare peat. It seems there were more in the lower, wetter parts but bigger plants were slightly higher and drier. I saw no Pings growing on Sphagnum and most were on bare peat, the exceptions were on a quarry wall where some were growing on non-Sphagnum mosses or onto almost bare rock.
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    Thanks to all of you, sorry for my late reply. These plants are from seeds I obtained from a single plant that I had. I use a mix of calcareous sand, vermiculite and just few peat. Seeds germinated quite easily in may 2018, I kept the plantlets inside, in front of a window till fall, then inside a terrarium under LED, nothing special. Mau
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    actually the pale vallisneriifolia seems to make me stolons
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    A few more photos now things have moved on a little... Some drosera The flava, oreophila and leucophylla greenhouse Outside Darlingtonia with flower buds Hybrid and minor greenhouse (and seed grown leucos)
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    Pinguicula leptoceras This was selected from import seeds. Strong in the heat. It is easy to cultivate.
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    Small amounts of mineral salts in the water can gradually build up in the peat from all the water evaporation, so it's a good idea to repot every few years.
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    Sown in summer of 2012 and flowering for the 4th or 5th time now.