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  1. Hi guys Earlier this year I went on the 16 day Sulawesi Nepenthes & Orchids expedition organised by Redfern Natural History and was led by Alastair Robinson. Our main stops were Rantepao, Tentena, Mt Lumut, Lore Lindu and Manado over the tour. The Nepenthes seen were N. maxima "Slender form", N. glabrata, N. mirabilis "Giant Red form", N. tomoriana, N. maxima "Wavy leaf form, N. nigra, N. tentaculata, N. hamata, N. maxima "Miniature form", N. pitogangii and Drosera burmanii. For more photos visit: Map of Sulawesi showing the destinations where we visited. Rantepao accommodation Rantepao highlands treks Rantepao highlands habitat N. maxima "Slender form" N. maxima "Slender form" which had thin papery pitchers and thin elongated lower pitchers. N. glabrata N. glabrata Our group trekking through the highlands of Rantepao. Orchid Spiranthes sinensis Peristylus maingayi Dendrobium vogelsangii The view from the top of the mountain at 1470m alt in the Rantepao highlands. N. maxima - More robust form found along the side of the road as we headed towards Palopo N. maxima More N. glabrata which brighter flecking on the pitchers. Dendrobium lancifolium Corybus picta Some photos from a locals collection of orchids Vandopsis lissochiloides Phalaenopsis celebensis Bulbophyllum veldkampii Bulbophyllum brevibrach
  2. Hi guys Here's a few photos from the Victorian Carnivorous Plant Societies 2015 annual show. Cheers Steve VCPS Champion plants Grand Champion plant of 2016 - N. glandulifera Grand Champion plant of 2016 - N. glandulifera Reserve Champion plant of 2016 - Cephalotus follicularis Reserve Champion plant of 2016 - Cephalotus follicularis Nepenthes display N. x "Predator" (hamata x truncata) Largest pitcher 26cm N. vogelii N. vogelii H. heterodoxa x nutans Cephalotus follicularis Sarracenia display S. flava var. rubricorpora Tallest Sarracenia: 93cm tall S. flava var. maxima S. flava var. cuprea S. minor var. minor VFT display D. muscipula 'Piranha' D. regia D. graomogolensis Pygmy Drosera display D. gibsonii Utricularia display U. volubilis U. volubilis
  3. Hi guys The Victorian Carnivorous Plant Society is holding its annual show at the end of this month on Saturday the 28/11/2015 and Sunday 29/11/2015. There's always a great display of various species and genera as well as members plants for sale. Entree is free to all and it's an event not to be missed. Below is a flyer and some photos from 2014. Cheers Steve
  4. Hi guys The extended version of the CP segment on Better Homes and Gardens has also been uploaded to YouTube, which makes life easy as you don't have to sift through the episode now. Here' the link: Cheers Steve
  5. This is the pond 6 months after construction in 2010. 3 years later! A word of advice, don't plant flax too close to anything as most varieties have a 2-3m spread and in this case began choking the pond. Consequently they have now been removed.
  6. Hi Neil It should be substantial as they were filming at my house from 8.30am to 3.30pm, and said the segment could probably go for at least 5 minutes, depending on how they edit it and how much time they want it to run for. I received a confirmation email last Friday and the producer said that it looked amazing so I can only hope that it came out well. There main aim for Better Homes and Gardens was to film a garden that contains unusual plants growing in them, so I sent them a few photos of a peat bog and pond that I built in 2010 that contains some Sarras, VFT's, Drosera and Utrics. They were pleasantly surprised that you could grow them easily outside and asked if they could come around to film the peat bog, pond and my plants in my 2 greenhouses and also interview me about them. As they wanted the easiest genera to grow for the general public, they concentrated mainly on VFT's, Sarracenia, Drosera and Nepenthes, but also filmed some Cephalotus and Utricularia. Graham Ross was the presenter that came out to do the interviewing and talk about the plants. Cheers Steve
  7. Hi guys An Australian TV show called Better Homes and Gardens confirmed with me on the weekend that they will be airing a CP segment this Friday, March 21. According to the Melbourne TV guide, the show starts at 7pm on Channel 7, then due to the AFL match, it switches to Channel 7Two at 7.30pm. The producer said that it came out pretty amazing, so I can only hope! (As this is probably a Australian show only, once it's aired I'll see if it's available to watch on their website and will give you the link.) Cheers Steve VCPS President
  8. Hi guys I just wanted to let those know in Australia about the VCPS society annual show. It's always the biggest CP event for the year with a big display and sales table. I'll be there assisting the show and hope to meet any other CP enthusiasts. Cheers Steve
  9. Hi guys I live in Australia and things are just getting started here. After many years using a compact camera I recently upgraded to an SLR and a 150mm f2.8 Sigma macro lens. Since it was a nice sunny day and numerous plants were flowering and looking good I decided to test out the new lens and was very happy with the results. Especially as all of the images were taken hand held without the use of a tripod or flash. I hope you enjoy the photos. Cheers Steve D. pauciflora D. pauciflora D. pauciflora, this form that I grow has 5-6cm flowers that only last approximately 3-6 hours for 1day! And is usually incredibly difficult to photograph unless it flowers on the weekend, but worth it when you do get to see the spectacle. S. flava var atropuprea 2 year old seedling with new spring pitchers. D. playpoda A rare anthocyanin free form of D. purpurescens D. macrantha "Swamp form" U. reniformis U. dichotoma "Lowland form - Grampians" U. lateriflora S. psittacina var okeefenokeensis with a jumping spider Close up front view of the jumping spider Close up side view of the jumping spider.
  10. Thanks for the offer John, that'd be awesome. And it'd be great to catch up again. All I have to do is talk the Mrs into letting me go now! Cheers Steve
  11. It's just a pity that the Cp's are so widespread! And the biggest variety occurs in the less populated states/territory. cheers steve
  12. Hi John Yeah I'm going pretty well. I'll have to try and get back over to SA for another look around and catch up with you guys again. And maybe even make it out to Kangaroo Island this time! Nice photos from WA. Cheers steve
  13. Hi guys A couple of weeks ago my family and I took a weekend trip to the Grampians in Victoria, Australia to see a stunning waterfall at its best and some tuberous CP's in winter. Normally late October to November has been the best time for field trips there in the past, but I've been itching to get out and about and thought that since the weather was going to be descent that I'd take the opportunity to have a look. McKenzie waterfall, the largest waterfall in the Grampians. Growing along the path to the top lookout I spotted a couple of species along the way. D. aberrans An interesting form of D. aberrans with red around the margins of the leaf blade. D. auriculata emerging from dormancy D. auriculata starting to grow upright. The next spot we visited was Reeds Lookout which gave us spectacular views into the centre of the Grampians of Victoria Valley and on the other side of the lookout to Lake Wartook. Victoria Valley Victoria Valley Victoria Valley An interesting pile of stones that someone has stacked up. Lake Wartook A habitat where 3 tuberous species grow on a rock outcrop seep. Hundreds of D. aberrans grow in the thin layer of moss on top of the rock outcrops. D. aberrans Mixed in with the brilliant red forms of D. aberrans a few yellow/green forms also pop up. D. auriculata or possibly D. peltata in the rosette stage. Around this area D. hookeri and U. aff. dichotoma also grow, but unfortunately it's too early for them still. Cheers Steve
  14. Nice work John. Great photos. Deep Creek is a huge place. How did you know where to look, or had you been there before? When George, Julian and I visited you guys all those years ago we visited Talisker NP which is right next to Deep Creek, but couldn't find D. praefolia unfortunately. I'd also like to see your photos from Albany if you've got time to post them. Cheers Steve
  15. Thanks for the great field trip report and photos. I definitely have to make it up there some time! Cheers Steve
  16. Hi Alastair It's good to hear that you made it back to Ranau, I wish I could have joined you guys again. Were you able to drive in further this time? I'll also ask my friend if he has any photos of the N. burbidgeae from there. He's been growing Neps for a long time and unless the plant was very small he'd know the difference if he saw a hybrid. Cheers Steve
  17. HI Dave It looks like they've just put a path through a section of the bush there and transplanted some small N. fusca, N. tentaculata and N. chaninah plants that are local to the area from perhaps the spots where they've cleared the bush to put up new accommodation? N. lowii is also supposed to be endemic to the area, and has been transplanted to a separate garden area near the Ranger station. That plant and many others in this garden weren't there 5 years ago, and neither were the new accommodation buildings. Perhaps in the future a hybrid swarm may be created. Most of these plants come from the area, so natural hybrids could have been created anyway. Cheers Steve
  18. Hi Jeremiah Great plants, and you're even doing extremely well with the lowlanders now too. Nice work with the N. northiana and N. bicalcarata. I have seen better, but they were in the wild! Cheers Steve
  19. Hi Dave I'm by no means a Nepenthes expert, so to me there could be a possibility of hybridisation mixed in with this plant? Ranau was the first time I'd ever seen N. stenophylla/fallax and there are indeed similarities between this form and N. stenophylla/fallax. I'll leave it up to the experts to argue this one out I think. Cheers Steve
  20. Thanks guys I was pretty happy with the look of the display and there was a nice variety of plants for most genera and some very nice rare plants at the show too. There was probably about a dozen of the usual crew that brought plants to display which made it look so good. It'd be great if a few more people that lived close bothered to add to the display. I don't know if some people are too scared to bring their plants or just aren't interested? The camera that I took these photos with is a Panasonic Lumix DMC TS3. It's 12m underwater proof, shock proof, has GPS etc. And takes some nice photos for a compact, it's not the best compact but pretty good. I took it to Borneo with me as a small camera that I could keep in my pocket, be completely waterproof and take general snap shots of Borneo and the plants. Cheers Steve
  21. Hi Christer A few people have had reservations about N. chanianah on Mt Alab whether it's the real thing or a N. stenophylla hybrid as the pitchers have always looked quite different to the plants found at other locations and in cultivation. The true upper pitcher did look a lot more like the typical other forms this time though. The plant that we saw back in 2007 was a huge vining plant at the type location and was growing in heavy shade. Where as this plant was growing out in the open. Whether this has something to do with the plants growth patterns I don't know. Cheers Steve
  22. Thank for the compliments. Regarding some many different photos of specimens of N. edwardsiana. I felt that since so many people envy this plants and want to grow it, I thought that it would be good to show some natural variation of the species, as the bright red pitchers are generally always used in books. And to show everyone the plants themselves, as well as the habitats that they grow in. The huge N. burbidgeae pitcher was amazing. I was in disbelief that it reached that size, as 15cm is around the biggest size most of the other pitchers had achieved that I saw at both locations. Cheers Steve