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  1. It's a type of bromeliad - genus Tillandsia, aka Air Plants :)
  2. I top-water them once in 4 days or so. As for the media, I use sphagnum moss with seramis, hydroton and agro foam. But a week ago, I started an experiment - I potted three plants in the akadama-kanuma mix. If it works, I plan to pot more plants into this mix.
  3. Hello everyone, There are a lot of amazing pictures of heliamphora and a lot of talented growers with perfect plants growing in perfect conditions. I've been growing heliamphora in amateur conditions in my bedroom for almost 8 years now and I just wanted to share that it's possible to have nice plants without extra night temperature drops or expensive cooling systems. Having said that, I'm a bit of a plant freak and I'd love to provide my plants with the best conditions possible, so I'm constantly thinking of employing an efficient and cost-effective cooling system. In my situation, I'm thinking of buying an air-conditionin unit for next summer to cool the entire bedroom. Currently, I'm growing 21 species, but my collection has really expanded this year (almost half the species I have). For now, my plants are grown in a grow chamber under full-spectrum grow LED lights. I use a fogger to control humidity and temperature. There are 2 PC fans for moving the air inside and one exhaust fan in the top part to exhaust the warm air (from lights). The temperature depends on the ambient room temperature. Now, and during the whole winter/spring, the conditions are right - day temperature max 24°C, night temperatures 18-14 °C, based on the temperature outside. Summer is harsh - day temperature around 27 °C, night 22 - 20 °C - plants stunt their growth, turn more green than red, but nothing dies. Some species develop red spots on their older leaves from fungus attacks, but still continue to grow. Here are some current pictures. There are still "summer leaves" co you can see the effect of not optimal conditions on the plants. This is how the whole setup looks: And here are some detailed pictures of selected plants: Heliamphora uncinata (M.Schach clone) Heliamphora parva Heliamphora heterodoxa (Gran Sabana) Heliamphora neblinae (Cerro de la Neblina) Heliamphora purpurascens Heliamphora collina (or H. spec. Venamo, M.Schach clone) Heliamphora pulchella (Amuri hairless)
  4. Depends on what type of appearance you like - big traps, small traps, green plant, red plant, long teeth, no teeth etc. I like VFTs with long teeth and big traps. My latest addition to my collection is Phalanx and Miss Pimbeche, check those out :)
  5. Yes, that is what I think so I thought Abacapa or Apacara, but based on all mentioned above I'd suspect Abacapa to be more likely. According to this Abacapa supports only two species - H.exappendiculata and H.pulchella. And only plants available in cultivation from "Apacapa" are H.exappendiculata and H.pulchella. That also makes me think "Apacapa" is an error or variant spelling of Abacapa. Two weeks ago I e-mailed Mr Wistuba, Nerz and McPherson with this question but I have no response so far, only from Mr Nerz that it is part of Chimanta Massif and that I should ask Mr Wistuba for more information.
  6. I know, these are all well-known facts - I said I've read a lot about tepuis What have you found about Apacapa? It is not a known synonym of any other tepui. I found only one article from 2006 a there it is a typo as the original material from 1953 states Abácapa tepui (which is known and existent tepui). That is why I'm questioning its existence. I haven't found any information on Apacapa, such as its location. It might exist, why not. I honestly don't care whether it's a synonym or what is the real name, I just want to know where it is
  7. Hello everybody, Recently, I've been obsessed by all the tepuis Heliamphoras grow at and started to collect Heliamphora clones from different tepuis to collect them all one day. But I noticed something strange to me. In numerous articles I read about tepuis I haven't come across the name Apacapa tepui, which was strange, as it is my favourite location of H.exappendiculata. When I googled specifically "Apacapa" tepui I only got results showing web pages of sellers (like Wistuba) and grower that all have their plants labelled "Apacapa tepui", no literature or scientific articles at all. When you look at some of the online sources listing tepuis that support Heliaphora, like Distribution of Heliamphora or Heliamphora: the various ranges and tepuis, none of them lists "Apacapa tepui". There are two similarly named tepuis that are part of the Chimantá Massif where H.exappendiculata grows though - Apacará tepui and Abacapá tepui. I started to think that "Apacapa" must be a typo of one of those tepuis. Then I found the only literature on the internet that mentions Apacapa tepui - it is the Heliamphora exappendiculata description published in Carnivorous Plant Newsletter, available here. In the part of the article called "Specimens examined" there are, among others, mentioned herbarium specimens from both "Apacapa tepui" (Apacapa-tepui, 2125-2300 m, 13.04.1953 Steyermark No. 74888 (VEN, K)) and Apacará tepui (Apacara-tepui, 1900 m, 08.07.1946, Cardona No. 51648 (VEN)). This put Apacará out of the game and I thought that Apacapa is a typo of the right name Abacapá. In the above-mentioned article, there is a picture - a scan of one herbarium specimen provided by the New York Botanical Garden. So I checked the website of the New York Botanical Garden and found out it has a virtual herbarium (which is amazing btw)! So I searched for the herbarium specimen from that article (Apacapa-tepui, 2125-2300 m, 13.04.1953 Steyermark No. 74888 (VEN, K) and found the answer - the correct location of that specimen is Abacapá tepui. You can check for yourself Heliamphora exappendiculata (Maguire & Steyerm.) Nerz & Wistuba. That means that Apacapa tepui is, indeed, a typo of Abacapá tepui, at least in that article. So, unless Apacapa is a new tepui, that is not mentioned anywhere in the literature, to me "Apacapa" does not exist and all the plants in cultivation localised as "Apacapa" should be re-labelled to "Abacapá". It doesn't make a huge difference really, but what is the point of providing location information when it's adressing a non-existent place :) I tried to reach the authors via e-mail but so far without any more details on this topic. If you happen to know anything related to this, please, join the discussion :) Pavel Vrana
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