Bob H

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    Everything and Anything. Genlisea, Utricularia.

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  1. Hello forum, Some might remember me, some won't (lucky devils). I had been a keen CP collector, mainly Utrics, but due to losing just about all in a bad winter (4 days of greenhouse frozen shut, frozen dehydrated pots!!) stopped for a while. Have decided to collect again, if a bit more modestly. Still have a few, thanks to a friend, more than I had. Pings, Drosera and 3 terrestrial and 1 aquatic Utric, down from over a hundred!!! Always love seeing others photos. Also keep Orchids and miscellaneous oddballs Bob
  2. What a lot of beautiful plants as always Mike! I'm sorry I couldn't get there. I hope the day went well and all enjoyed themselves, hopefully next year I will be able to attend!
  3. In that case, there will be some unhappy Botanist employed by the RSPB ......... Not to mention myself! Still have to find both minor and intermedia now. Thanks for the defining description Andreas, and to those others who TRIED to make me see what was there. I sit corrected.
  4. Hi Martin, Yes I agree. I have to admit that I couldn't ID it at first, I thought vulgaris but, the warden pointed out that this area of fen was routinely drier ....... and that the Utric had been checked out as intermedia! I'm not experienced enough to get there myself. The fen in question (sorry I can't name it, they will shoot me if I do), is only truly inundated during the winter as it is flooded by the nearby river. The Utric was found in pockets of peat slurry draining into the drainage ditch (dyke). I appreciate the interest and desire to offer a correct ID, Thank you.
  5. The site in question was surveyed prior to purchase a few years ago, and is routinely updated, by the RSPB and vulgaris wasn't found in any year. I can see the similarities in flower form but, the plants grow so differently. This one had no visible leaves above the surface of the VERY fluid mud (closest I could get was 2 feet) and had sent 'roots' into the mud. The plants formed long strung out lines, with just a couple of spikes visible. The only possible mistake could be that it is minor (????) rather than intermedia, vulgaris wouldn't grow well enough to survive long in this oligotrophic fen???? At least I wouldn't have thought it could.
  6. Except that this is an acid Fen and that water is millimeters deep. The Norfolk U.vulgaris flourishes in deep, high pH, meso to eutrophic waters and has a red flush to the flowers. It has been positively identified as intermedia by the RSPB. I grow U. vulgaris in acidic water as recommended in several books and have had it mistaken for intermedia, because it is puny. Compared to our local vulgaris it looks like a miniature.
  7. I had the chance to walk around a closed site, access to RSPB only, and came across several patches of U. intermedia in flower. Unfortunately I didn't take a camera , luckily a colleague did . They were growing in mud, with hardly any water over them, some growing right on the surface of liquid peat. All sites were enclosed by Reed with little light reaching the surface of the mud ..... until we pushed aside the offending grasses! Also, they grew in isolated patches of peat with a single opening to a drainage ditch (dykes up here). Super to see, just U. minor to see in the wild now! Both images taken by Elaina Slark. Enjoy! Shame we couldn't access the Fen Orchids!!!!!
  8. Out standing images of marvelous little plants, Bravo!
  9. :shock: What a flower bud, can't wait for the opening!
  10. What a striking species, marvelous flower form and colour. Thanks for the images Alexander.
  11. Well, that looks cleaner than when I sent it I should have popped some Frofbit in with it, that helps reduce the light levels, or one of those long bamboo skewers used for the barbie .... poke and twist and out comes the filamentous algae Keep us posted.
  12. Certainly one of the prettiest flowers for an aquatic. May we see it in cultivation soon!
  13. Sorry took me soooo long to reply ......... dementia! I have loads and loads of Frogbit that smothers the surface in the summer, no light = little slimy algae!
  14. Ah yes, but I don't do well with Drosera, Sarracenia, Darlingtonia, Pinguicula or Cephalotus! Let me have my one moment of glory Nice avatar by the way Andrew!
  15. It just grows where ever I throw it!! It even survives outside in my spare water container, a 60cm diameter 60cm deep bucket!