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  1. A small status update on the Ark of Life.: After the notaty work and the registration at the chamber of commerce, we now have a Dutch bank account opened . So next step is to ressurrect the website to enable to us to get the charity status
  2. If you use the [email protected] e-mail you have better chance on a reply, Otherwise give them a phone call. It helped in my case at least. I placed an order but they were unable to deliver it. They asked whether they should return the money or that I wanted to order alternatives. I requested to return the money, but no response, In the end I ordered an alternative but they wanted me to pay for it. It took a few weeks, a lot of e-mails and a phone call but in the end everytning was settled.
  3. Time for a short update for this topic. My plants are doing very well this season, the new light set-up (LED's) will probably a role. I have some offspring (though no stolons like the typical D. eremaea), and the plants produced so far a lot of foliage: additional leaves (often an extra set of leaves per node) but also many, short, branches. But most important: I finally had flowers from D. aff. eremaea The flower (ca 2 cm across) looks quite different from the regular D. eremaea.....
  4. Aldrovanda vesiculosa is a rare carnivore in Europe. At a few places it has been (re)introduced in a pont near Bonn and in the Netherlands. In the Netherlands an Hungarian clone has been introduced in a natural area near Nieuwkoop aboout 9 (or is it seven) years ago. After the discovery rangers have tried to remove all Aldrovanda plants,apparently they did not fully succeed. It appears Aldrovanda is still doing well in this area and it might be expanding its range. It happens that the area is just over 20 km away from my home, and I have been searching for Aldrovanda several times without an
  5. Hi all, I like to share some pictures of what is probably the least cultivated Drosera I grow (I think so since there are only a few photo's on the internet, and some of them show a somewhat different type of plant) and for sure it is the weirdest in my collection. I have received one or two tubers about 5 or 6 years ago, labelled as D. macrantha. This is how it starts: a roundish, white tuber (sometimes with some brown spots). If you look really carefully you can see that the surface is covered with small dimples (like a golf ball). It is usually one of the first tuberous speci
  6. Glad to hear you all enjoy the photo's otf my Madagascar trip. @ DevonB: I had some doubt about the ID of the third D. madagascariensis too. I did go through quite some pictures, including the D. affinis hybrid. I did not see any D. affinis during my trip, and as far as I know it is not native to Madagascar. But I found several pics of D. madagascariensis that are quite similar to the plants from Madagascar, including the first picture of Andreas Fleischmann's post ( and
  7. But this was not all, close to our hotel, along a small river, there were a handfull of really big Nepenthes madagascariensis plants growing. Surprisingly lower pitchers seemed to be absent (maybe with the exeption for one seedling). Uppers were present in all different sizes. At least one pitcher was inhabited (by a tiny crabspider?): Some kilometers further, at a comparable site there was another stand of N. madagascariensis: I kept on searching for more N. madagascariensis though I did not succeed..... However I found some plants I did niot expect to fin
  8. Recently I have from a 30 day round trip at the island of Madagascar, to enjoy the remaining nature and some stunning landscapes. The main interest was to see as many nice animals as possiblef I spotted about 17 different species of lemurs and a few other mammals. Next to that I saw ca 10 species of Chameleon together with some species of gecko, snake and frogs. Carnivorous plants were considered by me as a bonus on my trip. Also because it was probably not the best season to look for CP's since spring was just starting and in some areas it was about the end of the dry season. Nonetheless t
  9. It has been a while ago that I visited mt Roraima, so some things I am not 100% sure anymore. But as far as I can see from my pictures it was not the exposure to sunlght that caused the color differences in U. quelchii. Remember that there is in general not too much cover, so most sites are quite exposed to the sunlight though a few of the grew just below the summit in low vegetation. The deepest red flower I found was growing in the valley of the cristals, so perhaps some minerals from the soil play a role in the coloration of the plants. Below is a photo of the most extensive site with U.
  10. Hi all, Last spring many of my hardy Pinguicula plants have flowered quite nicely: The first species that started to flower was P. longifolia ssp caussensis Next P. macroceras (I might have mixed it up with the nortensis subspecies, though it has been questioned whether P. macroceras ssp nortensis is a valid taxon) P. grandiflora (almost a weed in my collection): P. vulgaris f bicolor: P. balcanica (red form): Especially for the last species it was a bit of a surprise what flower would appear since this ping spotaniously appeared in the sphagnum that used to be th
  11. The Utricularia's have been photographed in KeoLadeo NP in Rajahstan, a nice place to see especially a lot of birds and also some mammals and reptiles. After that I have visited two tiger reserves in Madhya Pradesh where I spotted amongst others a tiger, four different deer species, wild boar, gaur, a leopard, wild dogs and jackals. John
  12. Hi, all thanks for your nice comments. Following some requests, a few more pictures of D. ultramafica. I found only a limited number of D. ultramafica, mainly growing at the trail. For some reason this picture is rotated..... And a close up of a flower.
  13. We spotted a few flowering orchids on our way to the summit, like this Spathoglottis And an, according to Alastair, not yet described terrestial orchid At some seapages there were a very limited number of Utricularia moniliformis flowering (unfortunately, the coloration on the photo is not completely accurate, it should be more pinkish). The shape of this Utric was somewhat variable. Getting higher on the mountain, the number of Nepenthes plants rapidly decreased. There were only a few of these with red foliage, none of them climbing. A stick insect at the second campsite: Close
  14. As promised, some of my photo's of the Nepenthes tour. Mount Victoria Soon after that we have started the three days hike to the summit of Mt Victoria (1700 m asl) we stumbled on the first Nepethes phillipinensis: And a lower pitcher After crossing the river numerous times we arrived at our campsite. Here were several nice colored N. phillipinensis plants:. In one of the N. phillipinensis lower pitchers I found a kind of maggot (or was it a puppae?) that almost imediatly dove down in the pitcher fluid after being disturbed, Unfortunately I was not able to photograph it (I wa
  15. This U. inflexa shows several unusual features. This photo show a stalk with about 24 flowers, while Taylor in his monograph mentiones 12 as a maximum (the other photo's of U. inflexa that I have found on the net have a maximum of 10 flowers) And an other carnivore