Siggi_Hartmeyer

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  1. Hello Rogier, thanks for your feedback. Yes, it was actually a lot of fun to play with the amazing tentacles during our experiments. Good luck with your plants! Best regards, Siggi.
  2. How to film sundew snap-tentacles. When filming sundew snap-tentacles, some simple measures can be helpful to prepare the recording correctly and to avoid disturbing shaking by unnecessary poking of the tentacle heads. That needs some understanding on their different response times and motion patterns. Since many years, we experimented with catapulting sundews and summarized our experiences now in this brief movie description, providing hints how to proceed with moderate and rapid catapult-flypaper traps. The idea for this film came up after some requests on Facebook how to film such tentacle motions. Good luck when filming your Drosera.
  3. Vegetarian sundews: Few people know, that carnivorous plants like also vegetarian diet, as long as it is rich in protein like flower pollen. To show this, we fed fresh stamens of a Sarracenia leucophylla with adhering pollen to four different Drosera species (photos). D. capensis and D. ultramafica rolled in the leaf as intensive as with animal prey. D. capensis x aliciae moved at least the surrounding tentacles to the protein pack and the tentacles of D. schizandra, which does not show any leaf movement even with mosquitoes, clearly dock on the pollen portion, enjoying the meal.
  4. 2019 turns out to be a good season for the largest catapult-flypaper trap. The catapults fling prey in 75 milliseconds, faster than the VFT. Now, the plants are flowering nicely at our greenhouse.
  5. The hybrid Utricularia 'Nüdlinger Flair' (U. alpina x humboldtii) is a very easy to grow large flowering plant.
  6. Near Beverley Springs (Australian Kimberley), we were able to film Utricularia antennifera in situ. The plants possess two antenna-like filaments at the otherwise inconspicuous flowers. According to Prof. W. Barthlott (University Bonn), that is probably a form of Mullerian mimicry: The flowers mimic a female insect to attract the male partners for pollination. Directly beside grows one of the smallest bladderworts. With a size of only two millimeters, the white flowers of U. quinquedentata are quite hard to find. We fished out these 1995 shots of rare Utricularia from our archive and remastered them for bladderwort enthusiasts.
  7. New playlist with recommended documentaries on different CP. The results of extensive research and own experiments from recent years. Ideal for dark winter days. View the whole playlist (starts automatically) or only single movies, selectable by clicking on the line symbol (1/10) in the upper left corner. All in HD, ideal for a large monitor. Irmgard and I wish you a good entertainment and a successful CP-season 2019. 1) Venus Flytrap Prey Capture 2) Catapulting Sundew (short footage) 3) Pitcher Plants Capture Mice 4) CP-Bug Mutualisms 5) Spiderleg Sundew Emergences (section Arachnopus) 6) The True Indian Sundew 7) Byblis & Lindernia: Motion and Enzymetests 8) The European Bladderworts (Utricularia) 9) Pygmy Drosera: Rapid Catapults 10) Fluorescent CP traps
  8. Such early flowering of Arachnopus species is usually a sign that something with the conditions is not ok, and the plantlet often withers after that "emergency-flowering". The reason may be either not enough nutrition from the beginning or too cool temps. Try to feed the plant and it will grow on if the temperature/light conditions are fine.
  9. Enjoy the amazing prey capture of a catapulting sundew. Short and succinctly (75 ms) but sensational. Meanwhile, we provide more than 120 thrilling videos on carnivorous plants on our (private and uncommercial) YouTube channel. Simply subscribe to stay up to date.
  10. Even in 1753, Linnaeus described the Indian Sundew (Drosera indica) officially. In our film, we are especially happy to show the herbal records that existed at that time with the kind permission by the Trustees of the Natural History Museum London (GBR) and the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden (NLD). Despite their different appearance, between 1753 to 2001 all spider leg sundews (Drosera section Arachnopus) occuring from Africa over Asia to Australia were identified as D. indica. Some early attempts to assign plants as separate species, such as by Planchon in 1848, failed because the distinguishing characteristics were not considered sufficient and/or reliable. Eventually in 2017, we were able to examine also the micromorphology of the "real" D. indica and found emergences, which were obviously misinterpreted and/or ignored in the existing literature. Until today, the spider leg sundews are often confused and therefore incorrectly labeled in botanical gardens as well as private collections. With our film "Untangling the Indian Sundew Muddle" we hope to be helpful to assign D. indica correctly. We are very grateful for the kind support by taxonomy expert Dr. Jan Schlauer, for the provision of seeds from the "real" D. indica by Gideon Lim and the photos of D. barrettiorum by Holger & Anja Hennern.
  11. Our movie "Prey Capture by Dionaea muscipula" is based on the same named CPN article (June 2017) by Emeritus Professor Stephen E. Williams and Siggi Hartmeyer. What captures Dionaea in cultivation compared with the natural habitat in North Carolina? How does it attract prey? Is UV-reflection and/or fluorescence used for attraction? Did it even develop a strategy to capture preferred larger prey animals than small ones? Well, it looks like that, but how does it work? Simply enjoy our documentary and find the answers. A HD-movie in the German language with English subtitles. Kind regards, Siggi & Irmgard.
  12. Bladderworts (Utricularia) possess the fastest capture mechanism of all carnivorous plants. Ultrafast bladder traps suck in prey within less than a millisecond. That is 100 times faster than Venus’s flytrap snap shuts. Seven of the ten species that occur in Europe can be found in the region between Lake Constance, Swabian Alb and the Alps. Thanks to the support of the worldwide recognized CP-expert Dr. Jan Schlauer, we were able to film all seven Utricularia at their natural habitat. The terrific speed of prey captures show recordings with a high-speed camera, taken at the labs of the Plant Biomechanics Group of the Botanical Garden of the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Germany). Dr. Simon Poppinga kindly provided these remarkable shots. In addition, a scanning electron microscope image featuring the quadrifid glands inside a bladder trap (both published in Poppinga et al. (2016). AoB PLANTS 8: plv140). As the film shows, their shape can be helpful for the determination of several quite similar looking species. Detailed information on our domestic bladderworts is provided by the scientific article “Die Gattung Utricularia in Bayern” (2014) published by the Bavarian Botanical Society, from which we quoted repeatedly in this film. To protect the partly endangered plants, but also because the access to some of the swamp areas without an experienced guide is not at all harmless, we do explicitly not mention exact locations. Our film provides English subtitles. Enjoy!
  13. Our new film "The Realm of Emergences" shows the history and the currently most detailed description of the spider leg sundews (section Arachnopus) by their different emergences in an entertaining fashion. With D. hartmeyerorum, Dr. Jan Schlauer split the first species from D. indica for its unique morphology in 2001. Criticized by some experts at that time, today we can say with certainty that the plants in this section can actually be distinguished by their emergences, even if their function is often not known. Only the characteristics of the emergences of D. hartmeyerorum have been unequivocally proven. They function as optical lenses, which light up bright yellow even under a red laser beam. In D. cucullata we find structures that appear like ant abdomens and when the German couple Holger & Anja Hennern discovered a sundew with ice-lolly emergences in 2008, even the experts were amazed. These and further emergences that appear even more fascinating beneath the microscope help to identify the plants that have been distinguished from D. indica so far. Those who have seen this film should not have problems with naming the plants any more.
  14. What hybrid is D. x ultramafica ? I think this name is given to the species D. ultramafica. Who "created" this hybrid name and what are the parent plants?
  15. It looks like the normal D. binata "T-form".