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  1. Hi Richard, I'll see if I can locate the article but IIRC I remember reading an article mentioning these same habits with U. nelumbifolia. Very interesting relationship, great job capturing these shots! Edit: This is not the article I was thinking of, but Francois has also made such observations in his collection. Quite an interesting habit of these unique plants. http://carnivorousockhom.blogspot.com/2010...lumbifolia.html
  2. Thanks, it seems that rooting pullings is quite easy, however the plants themselves seem to prefer their roots kept cool. As long as this is done they do not seem finicky about their environments. A good friend of mine has even been able to grow his in potting soil.
  3. FWIW I find silica sand to be my preference in soil aeration. A word of caution though to not breath it's dust as large doses are linked to asbestos. 45kg run me ~$8 here in the states. Very clean and versatile media IMO.
  4. A few months ago I pulled 4 winter leaves off a Cephalotus 'Hummer's Giant' mother plant and placed them all in 100% pool filter sand (very coarse). I disregarded the pot for months, thinking rooting was a long shot albeit it's placement next to Sarracenia seedlings (meaning never going dry on water but never more water then 1/4 pot height) and figured the pullings would quickly or eventually dry up... Here is what I found today underneath 3 of the 4 now crimson red pullings (disregard the volunteered Sarracenia seedling): Hardy little buggers!!!
  5. While the effects of their presence seems debated, if you were very intent on getting rid of them flooding the bog for a few days would surely get rid of them.
  6. Thanks Chooka, I was really hoping to get an informative response like that! I had no idea anthocyanins were absent in Caryophyllales. I guess one way to test that hypothesis would be to keep track of development on a few flowers and see whether color change occurs or not over their lifetime. Out of curiosity, have you seen this on any of your Nepenthes?
  7. I was collecting some pollen on a Nepenthes truncata and was examining the flower stalk when I noticed some peculiar color alterations. The color alteration I am referring to occurred on the flower stalks of the raceme is very abrupt and distinctive. At first I thought that an area of the flower was receiving more light but this was not the case as the immediate flower over lacks complete red pigment. Then I thought maybe that it was an indication of flower age but I found both colors on various stages of flower development. Is this a case of gene expression at work (anthocyanins) or something else? Sorry for the poor quality pictures, I was unable to get decent macro shots with my phone.
  8. Thanks for settling that for us all Brian! I'm pleasantly surprised (as my jaw drops) by the white lid underside! Even Brooks' pictures in his cultivar description do not reflect the colors on the lid underside pictured in yours. I can only hope that my Leah shows some of those colors as well as I to received mine from Brooks. Something to DEFINITELY look forward to! Thanks for sharing :)
  9. It's definitely a beautiful plant and very likely another Moorei hybrid but the lid underside colors are just completely wrong IMO. LW can have some very distinctive white colors on the top of the lid, usually around the outer edges but never on the underside to this extent. I'll say it again though, it's beautiful!
  10. I was thinking the same thing. That second one also looks more like a minor hybrid then anything else...
  11. Thank you for the kind words. I was not expecting the amount of mitochondria present either. It seems that as if they are extracellular somehow as no cells can be seen let alone a nucleii. Perhaps something occurred during staining. The teaching staff for some reason decided against embedding plant materials. How did you go about the dehydration process since there would be cell walls to take into account? These mouse cells were treated with glutalraldehyde and imbedded with Osmium tertroxide. Will try to find out the procedure and chemicals for plant material. Personally I much prefer the confocal to the TEM, however had our SEM not been down all semester I totally would have been all over it!
  12. Scale is hard to read on those, my apologies. Reads 100μm on most. Sphagnum hyaline cells: Sarracenia seedling lid. Hood hairs (Zone 1) can be slightly distinguished up top though they were hard to get a picture of due to their transparent appearances. At the just the right angle however they can be captured. The lighter area represent white pigmentation while darker pigmentation are actually redish pigmentation: Sarracenia seedling zone 4 trichome hairs. Much more distinguishable than zone 1 hairs. Image was taken from the same pitcher as the above shot. Pinguicula glandular and sessile glands: Purple pigmentation on Stylidium debile petal: Mouse lung tissue, empty spaces are bronchioles *I believe*. (Don't have a histology book handy)
  13. I love growing Sarrs from seed, you never know what you're gonna get! I have a few from my crosses and some friends crosses, still young and not much to look right now but will hopefully look nice in a few years. Leah Wilkerson x Reptilian Rose, very nice Moorei x Moorei hybrids, Reptilian Rose x Moorei, Hurricane White Creek x Adrian Slack and open pollinated hybrids.
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