Alexander Nijman

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  1. Very good habitat pictures! Also nice to see a kind of Lilium and the yellow Narthecium. We have a related Narthecium here, N. ossifragum. Also found in seepage habitats and bogs. And D. rotundifolia with D. anglica. And Darmera peltata grows there also, a gardenplant downhere. Alexander
  2. Very nice pictures and rich Central European flora there! Also that place with Aldrovanda is very nice. It seems to be a pit for exevating sand. Alexander
  3. Very nice. What kind of Utricularia is that? I saw yesterday also plenty Drosera rotundifolia at a couple of places near Bussum in The Netherlands. Drosera rotundifolia is the most common CP here. In my town is also a population. When you get poor acid humid/wet peat or sand they can colonize it in not time. I did see that yeasterday in a naturereserve where they had restored the habitat by removing the top layer of nutriend rich soil. It was a former meadow, now lots of intersting plants growing there among several rare ones like Pilularia globulifera, wich is much rarer then D. rotundifolia. And there is also a bit of seepage in that area wich is always a good sign for special vegetation. Alexander
  4. Very strange those Dionaeas far from there homeland! And the habitat in the Carolinas is very differend from that English bog. Last year I saw them at 2 places in the wild there. That they have not removed them allready from that bog. Especially as there is also growing the rare Drosera anglica, well in my country its rare. And that the VFTs have survived the cold recent winters. They are not that coldhardy is my experience. Alexander
  5. Nice habitat with a good population of Drosera anglica. And D. rotundifolia. Drosera anglica is very rare in The Netherlands, only one place left here. But Drosera rotundifolia is quiet common here fortunately. Alexander Nice habitat with a good population of Drosera anglica. And D. rotundifolia. Drosera anglica is very rare in The Netherlands, only one place left here. But Drosera rotundifolia is quiet common here fortunately. Alexander
  6. I saw yesterday in an area north of Utrecht plenty Drosera rotundifolia. Its pretty common here where you get the right sort of habitat. Even in near my town is a population of it. Alexander
  7. I had found the name atrapamoscas also for Drosophyllum on the internet. But its not uncommon that one common name is used for several (carnivorous) plants. Only with the scientific name you get the real species you are searching. But not all people know those names. Alexander
  8. And the Spanish name for Drosophyllum is atrapamoscas. Near Ronda should be a good population to be seen in the Valle del Genal. Alexander
  9. Great pictures! Gives a very good idear of the habitat! And a very nice part of Europe I still have to visit. Springtime is the best time there. Lots of other nice wildflowers there as well! Finding those plants in the wild should not be that difficuld. When you get the placename of a nearby village, the type of vegetation and geology, and Google Earth you can find them without any doubt. Well I had it with another plant, Trachycarpus takil in India. I had never been to that area before but went to the are in April, 2010. Before arriving in the nearby town Munsyari I saw allready 2 specemims along the road. And the next day I asked a local guy and showed him some pictures. He know exactly where there where many. Well this was in a much more remote area and only very few Westerners have seen this palm in the wild! So you are in a nearby village and just ask the locals and show some pictures. Drosophyllum was, and maybe still is used to catch flies. Just a local sort of flypaper. And when you speak a bit of Portugese that would make it even easier. For a start look here, including the local name pinheiro-baboso or erva-pinheira-orvalhada. Local names are always usefull when asking the locals... Alexander
  10. Well I did all that but I had only the temperate Aldrovanda forms from Europe. Maybe the gropical ones are easier as they grow all year round. And an indoor aquarium is much more controlable then an outside container where you get variations in temperature over the year. Alexander
  11. I had them here a couple of years ago growing outside. Well they are not easy to grow. And for some mysterious reeason the turions did never survive the winter. I had the red and green European ones. Alexander
  12. Very interesting that new Utricularia with that unique flooting balloon! And that they could be vegeterian inm some way by digesting algae. Alexander
  13. The new king??? He is just sitting there and costs a lot of money... Well politics here is crap anyway. Alexander
  14. Rafflesia arnolidii from Sumatra is the largest flower. A. titanum, also from Sumatra, has a large inflorescence but inside are lots of small flowers. Its bassically the same design as a Zanthedischia, Arisaema or Arum maculatum inflorescence Alexander
  15. Well lots of carnivorous plants in the wild grow on sand, sandstone, sandy loam or granit. More then on pure peat! Usely in an area you look at the geology and you may get an idear whats on the local menue. Alexander
  16. Its indeed a man made garden. They have removed a lot of soil in a patch of dry pine savanna on poor sandy soil to get close to the groundwater. In this way they have created a sort of wet pine savanna habitat wich is excellent for Sarracenias and other CP. Most carnivorous plants there are from the Carolinas but a few like the Sarracenia leucophylla are not native to the Carolinas. Also lots of other nice plsants there like orchids. Well anybody in the are should visit it. There is a nice boardwalk and you get a good idear of how those plants grow in the wild. Well for people living in the South Eastern USA they could make a ''Sarracenia meadow with a pond in the center'' instead of a boring green lawn you see so much there everwhere. You also get lots of wildlive then! Alexander
  17. For carnivorous plants here in The Netherlands summer is the best time. Well in some parts of Europe Sarracenia purpurea can be seen all year round. But its not a real native here. Alexander
  18. Beautifull pictures! It looks a bit that area I have visited last spring. But in summer they look much better. And nothing can cope with seeing them in the wild! Alexander
  19. Well the best thing would be if that are would be bought by a nature conservation organisation. Then the non native pinetrees could be removed, the bushes cut down and after a good burning and introducing and maybe Pinus palustris seeds it could get restored. I have seen similair examples of restoring rare plant habitats in The Netherlands. So where there was one agricultural land now you get Sundews and at some places Pinguicula vulgaris and other rarte plants. So places where there was nothing left now you get good vegetation back. And that site on the pictures has still some healthy Sarracenia leucophylla. So a better situation to start. And if the owner does not want to sell the land maybe getting some agreement to remove the bushes and mowe the vegetation ones a year in winter. And then remove it otherwise it would smodder new growth in spring. Alexander
  20. WellDarlingtonia habitats are usely in a mountain areas in a part of the US where summertemperatures are allready much lower then in Florida. Along that gulfcoast of Northern Florida is mostely hot and humid weather from May till early October. So arround 30 C as a maximum and 20 C as a minimum temperature. What I have noticed in those pine savannas is that they are not really flat but with some variation of drier higher parts and lower depressions and little streams. And where you get those seepages you often get those Sarracenias, but not only at places with seepage. I think that the main reason is the permanent moisture of the soil. So they never dry out completely during a longer dry period. Those dry periods sometimes occur during summer. In the Okefenokee wetland area Sarracenia minor grows on flooting peats what comes from the bottom. It gets dtetacched from the bottom due to methane gass and then gets collonised by all kinds of plants. And its all standing water there, no seepage whatsoever. Also along roadditches Sarracenia flava can be seen. Again its the permanent moisture I guess. And Sarracenia make quid long roots so it can find water deeper in the soil during a drier period. And in cultivation Sarracenia just stand usely in pots in a saucer with water. And they grow very well then also. Alexander
  21. Roadsides can be very good habitats for all kinds of wildflowers including those CP, s. But I have noticed that they mowe them to frequently. Well Droseras and Pinguicula can tolerate that well as they are low growing plants. But Sarracenias with taller pitchers get no chance to grow well there then as their pitchers get mowed off all the time. Maybe the US government should considering mowing those roadsides only in the autum season after the Sarracenias seeds have ripened,then they can colonize those roadside habitats. Well it will be also better for other wildlive like butterflies and birds. And less mowing of roadsides would save the US government probably millions of dollars. Here in The Netherlands they mowe less frequently, only ones or twice a year. It results in many wildflowers! Hopefully the US will do the same! Alexander
  22. I have been to Santa Rosa County last April. And I have seen plenty S. leucophylla, S. flava and S. psittacina. What I have noticed is that all 3 species can be found in almost pure flat pine savannas but also in more hilly areas with seepage bogs. Just South of interstate 10 you can see them in flat savans on moist to wet soil and also in shallow water. And along roadditches. And North of that interstate 10 it gets a bit more hilly. But its very well possible that you get a groundwater stream from north of that interstate 10 going south, especially when you get sandy soil. And then on a bit lower points in those pinesavannas it creates those wetter seepage areas where you will find good populations of Sarracenias and other things like several Drosera, Pinguicula and Utricularia. I did notice that that area got a good burn regurlarly with plenty healthy whire grass and they did some rersearch there on Sarracenias as they where marked. So it was a very happy day to see them thriving there under a blue sky! Well hopefully those Sarracenias will stay there forever on the ''Costa Sarracenia''. Alexander W
  23. Here some more pictures of them. Alexander
  24. Here some recent news of the Aldrovanda in The Netherlands. They are doing well there. The site is a good information source for all kind of willive here. Watervliegenval - Aldrovanda vesiculosa Alexander