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  1. Thanks guys. I managed to get time to pollinate the flowers yesterday. I pollinated the flower with pollen from the following Pinguicula cyclosecta I then used the pollen from the Pinguicula emarginata x 'Weser' to pollinate flowers of Pinguicula moranensis "La Vuelta". So I'll post an update if the pods swell. Regards BQ
  2. Hi all I haven't posted here for a while...never seems to be enough hours in the day. However I managed to get some nice shots of my Pinguicula emarginata x 'Weser'. This is new hybrid for me and this being the first flower on the plant. The markings are nice, clearly showing the P. emarginata parent. Though not the biggest or showiest flower, it is pleasant enough! Regards BQ
  3. Hi Jim Well done on the babies too...lots to play with. So true...I can't flower the clone of P. agnata I have...how sad is that!!? Everything else flowers on schedule each year and other growers here in NZ mock with their ever so floriferous plants! Oh well Regards BQ
  4. Hi all, Don't forget the next New Zealand Carnivorous Plant Society meeting is to be held on Sunday 16th August 2009. This is a rather special meeting as we have an overseas visitor in town to give the NZCPS a special lecture and slide presentation on rare Nepenthes. Our visitor is none other than CP globetrotter and author Stewart McPherson. Stewart will discuss species which very few people have seen in the wild - those from the Philippines, New Guinea, Sulawesi, Australia and will show plenty of nice photos from the wild about the various little-known species in their habitats, including several new species such as Nepenthes micramphora, Nepenthes peltata and Nepenthes attenboroughii. Stewart will also have copies of his new books titled Pitcher Plants of the Old World Vol 1 and Vol 2. As always, all are invited...AHC Building, 990 Gt North Road, Western Springs at 2pm. Regards Brian.
  5. Hi there, Just an update on our website address. The address has changed to http://www.nzcps.co.nz Content hasn't changed much, though online seedbank list updated each month. Regards
  6. Like Sean's U. australis, the northern NZ form of this species that is found growing in Lake Ohia also forms summer turions. The lake level in places during mid-summer can be 5 - 10cm and very warm to hot due to the black peat soil with iron sand hardpan. Here the water levels can drop to leave the turions in muddy pools. These turions break back into growth with the return of the rains and rise in water levels later in summer. Though this form is abundant where it grows, I have never seen this population flower. Nearby sites (20+Km) where the water levels are deeper (upwards of 50cm - 1m) the species flowers prolifically and can be found upto 60cm in length in mid-summer. Regards Brian
  7. I agree, Robert's thesis will be worth the wait. I too see D. auriculata as a quite separate species from D. peltata and that is easy to justify, but it'll be interesting reading about what to make of the D. peltata complex. Here in NZ where they overlap it is quite easy to distinguish the two. Regards Quinn
  8. Well done and what a beauty. Great colour too. Regards Quinn
  9. Hi all, Just curious on when others pollinate their Nepenthes flowers. a) In the morning b) In the evening c) whenever I happen to be passing d) I don't, I let bugs do it for me I've had plenty of male and female flowers open at the same time and though I've not pollinated them myself, I've had seed form, so obviously some bug (moth perhaps or beetle) has done the job for me. My Nepenthes are in a glasshouse that is open at the sides to the elements. When I have wanted seeds, I've tended to pollinate in the afternoon or early evening as it is convenient, but I wanted to know if perhaps there is timing where the stigma is more receptive to pollen or alternatively, a time when it is not sensitive to pollen. I suspect that some pollinations I performed in the morning a month ago have not taken, despite the good condition of the flowers and pollen. I've seen this paper Kato, M. 1993. Floral Biology of Nepenthes gracilis (Nepenthaceae) in Sumatra. American Journal of Botany, Vol. 80, No. 8, pp. 924-927 which shows nocturnal and early evening pollinators to N. gracilis. I know some other flowers are night pollinated and the stigma is unresponsive to pollen in the morning, such as Petunia species I used to work with. Any observations on your Nepenthes seed sets out there? Kind regards Quinn Auckland, New Zealand
  10. Wow, amazing photos and man, ya gotta love the colours. Thanks for sharing. Regards Quinn
  11. .....Maria, ...... Maria, I've just met a girl named Maria, and suddenly the name will never be the same to me.... Oops, .....Joanna, ...... Joanna, I've just met a girl named Joanna, and suddenly the name will never be the same to me.... Man, that's a stunning set of pitchers....a nice moorei. Any more shots of 'Joanna'? Every photo is great of some beautiful pitchers. Thanks Quinn
  12. Great looking leuco's...thanks Andy. Can't wait to see more as the season goes on. Remember us in the Southern Hemisphere without our Sarra's! Regards Quinn
  13. Wow Fernie, what a treat! The pics are amazing...mind if I borrow some for a journal article! Regards Brian
  14. Great photos, thanks Peter. The D. menziesii is stunning - great colouration! Regards Quinn
  15. I can only say what works for me is listed above. Temperature is 23C and 16hr photoperiod. I could hypothesize that perhaps a lower photoperiod would get more vegetative growth and less tubers. Perhaps higher photoperiod triggers tuber development, which is kinda what happens as plants begin to go dormant and form tubers as spring turns to summer and the day length increases. I hope that helps Regards Quinn