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  1. Thanks for posting these pics. Nice seeing N. stenophylla forms other than the one from Bario. BTW, do you know if all the habitats pictured is normal for this location? I have read that once there was some mining activity in the Ranau area, and in some photos it almost looks like plant life is making a come-back. However, I guess any disturbance could be because of natural land slides. Regards, Christer
  2. Brilliant photos! It seems you had decent weather during the visit. I am looking forward to reading the rest of your travel reports. Regards, Christer
  3. Hi Fernando, I checked the D. pilosa, and the base of the inflorescences on all the plants look pretty much like on the plant in my first post. Possibly they are not as strongly curved as on my D. burkeana (see below) Here's another closer look at D. pilosa showing the hairs. Currently I don't have any mature (flowering) D. burkeana to compare with, so here are a couple of old pics. I do remember the inflorescence on the plants having a distinct curve at the base. Here's a pic showing the hairs. This pic seem to have a reddish tone, so I don't know how well it fits the true colors. Plant of D. burkeana. I did actually find an old pic where the flower was open, but four-petalled. I got the seed from Allen Lowrie in the end of 1999. Actually, we discussed this actual plant as early as in 2001 on the CP list. You then thought the seed had been supplied either by you, or R. Gibson. You were at that time a bit puzzled by the hairy inflorescences, since you didn't remember if the plants in-situ did have this characteristic. Regards, Christer
  4. Thanks everyone! Fernando, I haven't been able to see any open flowers on them yet, only buds about to open (or close). Whether it is my growing conditions, or if the flowers normally only are open a short while I can't say. With my D. burkeana (Johannesburg) it was the same story. That one also have the hairy scapes with few pink flowers. Here's a pic of a flower scape on D. pilosa. Regards, Christer
  5. Hi, Some pics from my collection. N. albomarginata (Ayer Itam, Penang), and N. boschiana (Sakoembang). Siblings of N. ("thorelii" x trusmadiensis) x veitchii. N. kerrii, and N. chang. N. stenophylla, and N. veitchii (both from Bario). Still young, but they are starting to show some promise. An indentation on the pitcher lid of the former, does make it look like it has a large appendage on the underside. The pitcher before it had the same thing, so it will be interesting to see if this trait will remain. N. rafflesiana (Kasongan) - the plants from this seed batch appears to be the so called "giant form", and N. rafflesiana (Katingan) - from a batch of seed incorrectly labeled N. ampullaria. Going by how rigid the leaves are I believe this is the "regular" form. N. "thorelii" (Binh Chau Hot Spring), and what came to me labeled as N. kampotiana from the Binh Chau area. Time will hopefully tell what they are. Small N. aristolochioides that has finally decided to increase in size, Small N. glabrata (G. Lumut) with a rather elongated pitcher, and a young N. rafflesiana (Siding) - the pod parent is supposed to be a winged tendril form (var. alata), but as can be seen that doesn't guarantee that the offspring will get this trait. Hopefully some of the other siblings might show this trait though. However, it seems that the pitchers of this one will have large domed lids, which is something I really like in this species. N. clipeata - which I am trying to contain in the pot, and N. neoguineensis (Jayapura). A collaboration with Nadja resulted in this one - N. ventricosa x veitchii. The genus Drosera have taken a back-seat in my collection the last few years, and I have lost several species. This year I decided to re-stock with some new ones: Drosera neocaledonica (Col de Plum) together with what looks like D. affinis (Namibia). I have tried the latter species twice with poor results, and I lost the main plants. However, when repotting what I believed was some D. madagascariensis (Botswana) it appears now when bigger that they actually are D. affinis. D. pilosa (South of Kapiri Mposhi), which looks pretty much like D. burkeana (Johannesburg) to me, and Drosera flexicaulis (Mbala). I have also started some from seed, here are D. grantsaui (Grao Mogol)... ...and D. paradoxa (Drysdale). I decided that it was time to start a new generation of this one. Although the parents (which are approx. 8 years now) still grow well, they do look a bit scruffy now. Regards, Christer
  6. That is an exciting cross indeed. I got some of your recently released hybrids, which I expect a great deal from. BTW, for years I have been hoping for the cross N. spectabilis "giant" x robcantleyi. Have you tried this one. If so, were you successful? Regards, Christer
  7. A web site that is usually quite helpful when trying to ID orchid species is the IOSPE, but it is not without faults. I noticed that B. retusiusculum was quite close too, but going by the text the pseudobulb shape, as well as number of flowers on the inflorescence, seemed to match B. pumilio better. That said, the photos accompanying either of those species didn't match the texts, at least not the flower count. Maybe there has been a mix-up with the pics. p.s. nice B. makoyanum, Joachim. Regards, Christer
  8. Nice seeing a flowering Bulbo. in-situ! It looks like something from the section Cirrhopetalum. It resembles some pics of B. pumilio that I have seen. However, it is difficult to say for sure since plant pics found on the internet is not always correctly labeled. Regards, Christer
  9. Hi, So I finally got a flower to develop full-term. I did fertilize once after starting this thread, nothing else. A couple of buds did wilt before this one, but it could be that the feeding had yet to take effect. I have more buds, so it will be interesting to see whether it was just a lucky shot, or not. The flower in its "natural" position. I was a bit disappointed that it didn't stay flat very long though. I had to use a stick to prop up the flower for these pics. Although the fragrance isn't very nice, it is not as strong as I had feared. A closer look at the flower. Regards, Christer
  10. Thanks for the answers. I have definitely not fed them enough I realize now. I will also try to give them more light in the future. Thanks again for the help. Regards, Christer
  11. Hi again, I keep it in a north facing window that heats up quite well in the afternoon this time of year, but that may not be enough. I will try another spot that might give more even warm temps. I did notice a few "fingers" (seen in the back) that was mushier, so maybe my attempt to give more water - to help the buds - was counter-productive. I have been careful with the watering before this though. Plants in question. ...and the failing flower buds. Regards, Christer
  12. Hi, I have had a couple of unidentified species together for a few years now on the windowsill, potted in a peat moss/perlit/sand mix. The problem is that both have had flower buds, but they wilt before the flower opens (thus the reason I haven't been able to identify them). Going by the leaf-stems I believe them to be some of the common stapelia species, maybe S. hirsuta. Late last year when the problem began I attributed this to shorter days of light. I have also suspected too dry soil when it happened next time, and increased watering when they started budding. This summer they have had plenty of light, but the buds still wilt. Anyone have any suggestions why this would be happening? Regards, Christer
  13. Nice sized pitcher! I have yet to grow mine to its true size potential, only small pitchers. An old pic, with the peristome not completely colored up. Regards, Christer
  14. Hi Robert, Very nice. I really like the squat pitchers on it. Here's one of my N. veitchii (Bario). Not much of a peristome yet, but some striping is starting to show up. Nice plants Mark, I have the Wistubas highland form too. Although it takes some time to color up, the peristome get beautiful golden-brown. It seems he have at least two clones of this one as I have seen plants with more green peristomes too. Regards, Christer
  15. Hi, Looks good! Here's my plant, in a 13 cm pot. I have had it bagged on a windowsill, until some weeks ago, when it got over-heated. After recovering in low-light conditions, I decided to repot it. The plant seems to have taken this well, which is nice. I am still waiting for it to produce the nice squat pitchers. Regards, Christer
  16. Nice looking site. Having seen your posts here having much success propagating plants, starting a nursery makes sense. I wish you best of luck. Regard, Christer
  17. Brilliant photography, that is indeed some real eye candy! Regards, Christer
  18. Lovely looking plants. It will be interesting to see what that N. naga seedling will develop into, being so dark already. How can you go wrong with copelandii, very elegant pitcher. N. deaniana is certainly nothing to yawn about, looks interesting already. Regards, Christer
  19. My first thought was N. adnata x N. albomarginata. Both pitcher shape and leaf shape fit the former species. The leaf is more elongated on the hybrid, but I guess many species could be responsible for that. The tendrils got me wondering though. N. adnata have quite short ones in the rosette stage, and N. albomarginata even more so. Maybe N. adnata x N. gracilis? Regards, Christer
  20. Looking good! You have some promising seedlings there. I have tried some batches of ampullaria seeds, and haven't had much luck. Either they turned out to be incorrectly labeled, or didn't germinate at all. From my latest try, three germinated and the biggest turned out to be N. x hookeriana. However, from what I can see, the next biggest might just be the real deal. Regards, Christer
  21. Thanks for posting these pics. Even though N. ventricosa is quite common in cultivation, seeing in-situ pics of this species is certainly not an every day occurrence. It must have been fantastic experience being able not just to see the nepenthes, but also the other flora as well. To bad with the deforestation, but sadly nowadays it seems to be a common sight in the tropics. Regards, Christer
  22. Nice flower. I got two Coryanthes species myself. They seem to be quite quick growers, producing lot of roots. I have yet to see flowers on my plants though, hopefully soon... Regards, Christer
  23. Very fine looking N. pervillei. Great to see N. rigidifolia too, not being very common in cultivation. Regards, Christer
  24. Hi Nadja, Since Geoff from EP have been successful producing plants of this cross, I asked him about it on another forum recently. Apparently it took years from them before being successful. Germinating the seeds of this cross seems to be something of a hit-and-miss. Nothing from seeds that looked alright, and other times success with other seed batches in the same conditions. Regards, Christer
  25. Hi, I use a orchid soil (bark/coco chips) mixed with peat moss and perlite on my plants, and they seem to do alright. It is difficult to know if they can grow better, since I haven't done any comparisons. However, I was a bit apprehensive when beginning using bark in the mix, since I had read that when fresh bark decomposes it uses up nitrogen. This could in time lead to nitrogen deficiency, unless fertilizer is added. However since I am hardly knowledgeable in this area, someone else might know better about this. Regards, Christer