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  1. If I had to guess maybe they're overheating if they were fine then suddenly not. Maybe too close to the lights, then a warm spell came and that pushed them past their comfort zone, or they were somehow receiving a bit of direct sunlight (which, with a dome over the top, will cook them given enough time).
  2. I've only included the categories in which I could find clear ambiguities or location/species name errors (not an exhaustive list however). Attached is the spreadsheet with my comments.naming ambiguities.xlsx
  3. Thanks for the response Dave, I'm going through the list and will highlight ambiguities with suggested corrections where obvious.
  4. Just a minor comment on the seed bank list on the society website, many species listed appear to have significant spelling errors to the extent that there may be scope for misidentification. There are also some particularly obscure names where further description of exactly what the seeds are may be of some help (e.g. Drosera pusila - what is this? Pusilla (two ls) is a synonym of at least two other distinct species). I appreciate it may be hard to fully identify everything in the current inventory, but could there be stricter donation requirements with regards to positively identifying and documenting what the seed actually is? I would also like to say the work done to bring the seed bank back to working order is very much appreciated and I fully understand there may be bigger issues to tackle with this right now.
  5. More referring to the carnivorous plants UK page which is de facto where all discussion is taking place at this point and so where people are most likely to be actively checking; CPS members may not be checking e-mails or this forum about open positions but may be browsing facebook. Additionally, if the society is willing to consider people who are not already members but who can nonetheless prove their credentials for the relevant positions then it doesn't matter that it's not the official CPS page.
  6. Considering the core of UK based carnivorous plant discussion has shifted to facebook, which is far more active than here, is it not right that a post with a full set of job descriptions is made there? I know there was discussion within the comments of a recent post there, but really for full visibility a standalone, possibly pinned, post where the whole of the UK carnivorous plant community can see it would help push things along.
  7. Other Nepenthes I've had success with on a windowsill are N. truncata (very easy grower but can be hard to get hold of, and isn't always that cheap) and N. maxima. I grow N. veitchii on a windowsill too but it doesn't pitcher too much, I think the humidity is too low.
  8. Could make an imgur/flickr account or similar then get the image urls from what you upload there; there isn't a limit when they're externally hosted. Otherwise put them on MS paint and make them tiny.
  9. I've only sent plants abroad once before. At the post office I was asked if the parcel included seeds (it didn't, just plants) as, according to the person serving me, there was some sort of restriction on sending seeds to the (EU) country they were going to. I checked online before and even more thoroughly afterwards and couldn't find any sort of restriction, so presumably this was misread from whatever list the post office had. I was just wondering if anyone had some definitive answers on this/a list I can look up and present if I am questioned in future. As far as I am aware, plants and seeds can move around the EU freely (maybe excepting certain high-risk plants/plants with an important CITES classification).
  10. You've got to get the image URL, which involves clicking on your image, then right clicking to 'open image in new tab', or just click 'copy image address' (not link) then you have the correct URL to post here. It is this: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/VLggwAgkMcwfVrI4r4He4aopjdvP27Vqx26oVOedtA-OxQejlfN7vGqJ-1YZ6gnXl2cGwxIEPE1J6SQWPkMLeFe_DUhwlXOMmGv59DvTz74pUJSmDUnmLiyXXLpnyeuItlMxd68Vlc1pkwToRMXEoAJfPww6lBKkpfTjmRigTLFwleusNJ0McYjCvEG5d09ppzna558fJ2p-r_EXBjzA_gIHrp_CMYVIdfJr7MjzGnQwbEBjpc09VfPMh0B9j51xzp5XfB5U3zCT9dAzlN-LHclv3Vo3xb1pxyl3vrGBLlbsyZMrWxTmRiEQ6a_ToedWXlEl3PIffO6zRuZMePsxoVbFZY0s6b23ORsJsMfGTYSgP_K3Dj6PByRhNyfHwyZwp0qPHPZTqsC5R3KWrWimX7GfwumhsEESpEM96K0ByPij97NcoGFU5FYZvwszbjTbm0ycXJyKI347uYtiMqJcqfpYqBv6YPvr69URxaMJ7Z8e_zdjx3hVbHTPnOxFA4hgMrYWfYBtwb0sj-h5Yo2dTsL9ObiNpxJa7NBvaHJFrQ0YEZ7KVgiXkMtJH6Y039dYHBDoUG_4WVWkDjwlucj2pgwQP-SuBWS2h08NeSddymSLz2tsIa69f14_i6D4CJM8IRm8XxQMmFKFT_EOjS64XSHo97KWXBhAF4_5kq2YtZq44g=w554-h794-no Which automatically shows as this: There isn't a limit on externally hosted images, but there is a (measly) limit to uploading images directly to this forum.
  11. My form isn't particularly slow. Its first basal offshoot grew very quickly. It slows down a bit with smaller pitchers, if any, in the winter with less light; I just keep it on a windowsill. For a mature vine the space between the leaves isn't huge, maybe about 5cm at the most, not much considering how thick the vines get. I recommend getting one with good colouration as people have pointed out.
  12. I have some rooted cuttings of N. maxima and N. sanguinea, £5 each plus postage (£4.50, can put two in parcel if you want) if you're interested (not back home until the end of next week though, I can send a picture of them then).
  13. Here is a picture of a terrarium-grown N. maxima cutting, taken from my main plant which is windowsill-grown and was vining at the time:
  14. AKR


    Welcome, looks a nice terrarium! Is the thing with the tube for cooling or humidity?
  15. I have a feeling there wouldn't be much difference, as long as the cutting is still green, but if there were to be a difference then taking the cuttings before the cold spell would be better. Being cut probably causes the cutting more stress than having experienced lower temperatures for a while beforehand though.
  16. If the temperature is heated then the outside temperatures shouldn't matter, unless I'm not entirely following here.
  17. I agree, and the discussion on the Polish forum I found that picture on seemed to be (up to the powers of Google translate) about whether Black Jack, shown on the right, is N. sanguinea or a mislabeled hybrid. From my own experience the upper pitchers of that dark form N. sanguinea are very much like those of other forms I have seen pictures of, losing their dark colouration and reverting to green/red. It would be interesting to know what the upper pitchers are like for Hannah's plant or Black Jack, maybe they revert to the more typical form too.
  18. Found a side-by-side picture of the dark form Matt sells (left) and Black Jack (right): Very characteristic elongated mouth on the left, and more pronounced widening at the middle. If I saw the pitcher on the right and had to guess, I'd say it looks something like the dark form of N. sanguinea crossed with a ventrata/Rebecca Soper, I'd be surprised if it turned out Black Jack was not a hybrid.
  19. Triffid nurseries has quite a specialised selection of pygmy Drosera: http://www.triffidnurseries.co.uk/browse_products_in_cat.php?pt_id=2&cid=7
  20. Possibly due to the seasonality of our light levels? It's often the case that leaves produced under a certain set of conditions don't like change, for example leaves produced under low light conditions will burn under high light, whereas leaves produced under intense light are more resistant to it.
  21. Yes - that's why the temperatures given can only really be a rough guide. A lot of factors start coming into play when you're dealing with direct sunlight, such as how sheltered from the wind the place is, how light-absorbent the surroundings are etc.
  22. There's an important point in there, that being that this doesn't account for whether the plants grow in more shaded or sunny areas. There can be quite a large difference in temperature between sitting in the sun and in the shade (hence people claiming it was 50C in their back garden, when really their thermometer was just sitting on a dark surface in bright sunlight). I suppose that would be the next level up for these charts' accuracy/use, although this would be a much harder task considering the need for precise habitat descriptions.
  23. I found that they can grow fairly well on a south-facing windowsill in the winter, although I can see you might have problems if you don't have that. Still, pseudo-dormancy is better than actual dormancy with these plants I'd imagine. I wouldn't expect the leaves to die back significantly unless the plant is too cold.
  24. No need to be giving D. capensis a dormancy, they'll grow year-round indoors.