James O'Neill

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  1. I have female mini maxima flowers as seen in this thread: http://www.cpukforum.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=51229 They will be open in a week or two. I think that this could make a really good hybrid - easy to grow, small, vigorous, and with interesting colour and shape. Let me know if you could spare some pollen :)
  2. I can imagine that the genetic drift evolution process could take a very long time, especially if the plant or animal were already at maximum or near maximum evolutionary equilibrium! That is of course a good point and something I hadn't considered when I had asked my question - the lapse of time between generations. Of course organisms with a faster breeding rate and more offspring are going to have the ability to evolve in a shorter time frame. But if we simply take the number of generations into account, leaving time out, I would expect that no organism could potentially evolve faster than other. But it depends on so many factors that I don't think it's really possible to demonstrate that! I'm reading one of Dawkins' books at the moment, it's covering all of this and more and makes for fascinating reading. Plus I've got several more linedd up waiting to be read.
  3. Are the plants in this link anything to do with the ones you are discussing? http://masozraverostliny.mzf.cz/sale/N.maxima.html
  4. 5000 years isn't a particularly long time in evolutionary terms. While it has been seen that some species can evolve into new forms (I avoid the term 'new species') in this time frame and shorter, it is reasonable to suppose that there are many more cases where significant change does not occur in just 5000 years. Especially if the environmental conditions do not change giving the species no reason to change. If there was a reason for the plant to adapt, it possibly could have. It's just my thoughts that it isn't right to assume that speciation in Pinguicula takes a long time just because a plant is the same as it was 5000 years ago. I'm not particularly educated on the subject, but can speciation happen faster in some organisms than others? I would not have thought so, I always considered that external environmental factors would play the biggest part along with rate of random genetic mutation. Just interested to know your thoughts David? I wonder if the plants on Svalbard catch many insects - they would need to build up their stores as they probably spend most of their lives dormant!
  5. What is the 'true' mini maxima you speak of? I also have an elongated form from S. McPherson's seed. It is very different however to my mini maxima. Very different pitcher, peristome, pattern and leaf shape.
  6. These are spruce needles.as well. But Spuce does of course have the aromatic oils as well, well known by anyone who has a real tree at christmas.
  7. Pass bromine water through hydrocarbon, if it remains brown it is saturated, if it goes colourless it is unsaturated #alevelchemistry Perhaps it is not a species which has the specific pine smell?
  8. Quite a few of my plants have that. I don't have any photos and won't do for another 6 months or so, but yes I've seen plenty of that.
  9. There's also the video by Vsauce on deja vu as well. I's a pretty interesting concept. I tend to experience it a few times a year.
  10. So, as Dave has said as above, this would count as one of the Poso plants as it was collected at the 1600m locality..? And it was at 1200m rather than 1600m
  11. I received the plant as a small seedling. I cannot remember if I got info with it (I suspect not as I would have written it down). But the original seller appears to have given up with CPs. I have an idea of the answer but I want to be confirmed - what does gracile mean? Is my plant wiry, and gracile, and therefore likely to be one of the Poso plants?
  12. Good to hear! That will mean you can expand...and expand some more!
  13. Thanks for the info, Dave. But I do wish the original seller could get back to me with the information specific to my plant.
  14. Thread leaved sundew - rainbow bokeh by JamesO'Neill, on Flickr
  15. That red one is very nice, and has a similar shape to mine, as well as similar leaves with the same hairy nature. I'd say they are definitely related in some way! Have you got any additional information on it?
  16. !!! it is very different to mine! it has wavy leaves, fatter pitchers, slightly more flared peristome and the pitchers look overall bigger. trippy. Do the plants from Poso have a lot of variation?