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  1. New pictures from Sunset Peak:
  2. Hope someone can shed some light on this for me... As of yet all the new leaves that have come up on my plants have been simply folded in two, as if hinged with the hinged part moving out to form the part with tentacles. Now one of my plants (still small only ~4 inches high) is growing leaves that are coming up in spirals, is this a leaf or a more mature way of sending them out. Could it be something else like a flower spike (surely the plant is too small). Any ideas or help would be great.
  3. Well I have got this far with my little Drosera capensis and am more than happy... but none of the flowers want to open. They move along their little conveyer belt of a stalk... reach the top... and... nothing! They remain closed and wake way for the next one. I know they are only open for a short amount of time but unless that time is less than an hour I'd have seen them open. I remain poised with a soft paint brush like a frustrated bee. Any ideas on how to get them to bloom?
  4. CephFan

    D rotundifolia

    From the album: Shropshire 2014

  5. CephFan

    peat blocks

    From the album: Shropshire 2014

  6. CephFan

    Old peat digging

    From the album: Shropshire 2014

  7. CephFan

    Small sphag patch

    From the album: Shropshire 2014

  8. lorisarvendu

    July 2014 8

    From the album: Bogs and Outside July 2014

    Binata. The reddest I've seen it, but still sticky.
  9. lorisarvendu

    July 2014 6

    From the album: Bogs and Outside July 2014

    The flying ants were out today.
  10. lorisarvendu

    July 2014 5

    From the album: Bogs and Outside July 2014

    On advice from this forum I've put my capensis outside. It's gone very red but seems to like it.
  11. lorisarvendu

    July 2014 2

    From the album: Bogs and Outside July 2014

    The sundews are starting to die back. Maybe it's too hot for them.
  12. Well it has been fun getting my little Drosera capensis from seed to flower. Planted first set of successful seeds on 2nd October 2013. Germinated on 25th October 2013. First true leaves 5th November 2013. First flower spike seen 28th June 2014. Now between the sowing of the seeds and the flower I had fungal problems, mishap with environmental change and fungus gnats but I have now some very healthy and strong plants. Now thanks to a kind member on the site I have more than enough seeds to fill my house a hundred times over with Drosera. Things I will be trying in the coming months and in the new growing season: Leaf Cuttings. Different types of growing media. A large scale Drosera setup. Wild moss types as surface cover. All in good time but hope to have some on the go very soon.
  13. From the album: Sundew Terrarium

    Drosera Spaulata 'Fraser Island' From Junction City, Oregon (USA) I planted this guy and all my sundews in this terrarium on 7/16/14
  14. I noticed today that my Cape Sundew has a red shoot coming off the base of it. I was wondering if this could be a root or a runner?
  15. How common is fasciation in Drosera as I think a slip up with mine has caused some. Some of the leaves ended up with damage because of enviromental change so I'm 70% sure it is not from a virus... fingers crossed. Images are alittle fuzzy sorry about that but the leaves in them are at least twice as wide as the other 'normal' ones. Are these indeed exhamples of Fasciation?
  16. Now I got caught out a few weeks ago when one of my D. capensis started sending out circinate leaves and got me all excited at the thought of 1000s of seed coming my way. Now I have a fuzzy thing making its way up and I'm 90% sure it is a flower spike but would like a trained eye to confirm it, don't want to get all giddy again over nothing. Plants are still small not much more than 5" in height but then people have said on here they have had smaller send up a flower. Anyone willing to take a look and put my mind at rest. Much thanks if you can. If it is a flower on such a small plant is there anything I should look out for like will the seeds be less likely to germinate. Will flowering exhaust the plant.
  17. Hello everyone, Here is another call to correct your plant labels! :) A few colleagues and I have just published a 35-page review of the D. montana complex. Like our previous publications on Brazilian sundews, this paper has been decades in the making and it has definitely been the most “complex” of all the sundew complexes in Brazil, at least in historical terms. Since D. montana and D. tomentosa were originally published by Saint-Hilaire nearly 200 years ago, there have been endless cycles of synonimizations and of lumping with unrelated species – culminating with the absurd Flora Neotropica in 2005, where ten names were lazily lumped under D. montana. In our new circumscription of the D. montana complex, we have left only D. montana, D. tomentosa var. tomentosa, D. tomentosa var. glabrata, D. tentaculata, and a new (& narrow endemic) species D. spirocalyx. This is supported by characters such as leaf shape & vernation, chromosome numbers, and molecular phylogenetic data. Excluded from the D. montana complex (hopefully permanently) are the following taxa: D. hirtella var. hirtella, D. hirtella var. lutescens, D. schwackei Rivadavia, D. parvifolia Saint-Hilaire (= D. communis), D. cayennensis Sagot ex Diels (including D. pumilla Santos, D. colombiana Fernández, D. panamensis, and D. sanariapoana Steyermark as synonyms), D. montana f. parviflora Chodat (= D. communis), and of course D. roraimae (Klotzsch ex Diels) Maguire & Laudon. Hopefully our new publication will set the record straight for a long while with the D. montana complex! Anyway, see below some pics and extra info for each taxon. First we have D. montana, which is the most widespread in the complex. Through herbarium specimens, we’ve newly discovered that this species is very common on the eastern slopes of the Andes in Bolivia, and possibly also extends into Peru and Argentina. Maybe as a result of this huge geography, it is probably not surprising that it is also somewhat diverse morphologically. However we were not able to establish clear-cut morphological lines, and thus opted to describe 3 morphotypes: Typical, Southern, and Central-western morphotypes. The characters that distinguish D. montana include the fact that it tends to go completely dormant in the dry season, it flowers in the summer, does not form stems with age, has uniformly-sized glandular trichomes from base to apex of the scapes, long and broad ovate to oblong-ovate sepals, and has relatively delicate leaves that are oblong, oblong-spatulate or more rarely spatulate. Here are two pics of D. montana rosettes where you can see the narrow leaves: And two pics showing the highly glandular scapes of D. montana (pics by Nilber Silva): Then we have another widespread and very abundant species: D. tomentosa, distinguished from other taxa by its obovate to oblong-obovate leaves (rarely oblong), with wide petioles (0.4–3 mm in width). It also shows some morphological variation across the range. Variations in density of the eglandular hairs on scapes seems to support the original description by Saint-Hilaire, splitting D. tomentosa into two varieties: D. tomentosa var. tomentosa with hairy scapes and D. tomentosa var. glabrata with glabrous to subglabrous scapes. We decided to keep these two infraspecific taxa at the varietal rank, due to the huge overlap in their geographical ranges, possible hybridization, and the fact that the sole distinguishing character (scape eglandular indumentum) is not easily quantifiable. Here's a typical dense colony of D. tomentosa at a seepage: Here's a view of a D. tomentosa rosette with typical broad leaves. Notice the scapes are practically hairless, meaning this is D. tomentosa var. glabrata: Here are two pics of D. tomentosa var. glabrata, with its mostly hairless scapes (glandular only): Here are a few pics of D. tomentosa var. tomentosa with its ultra-hairy scapes: So why did we keep two taxa as variaties of D.tomentosa instead of at higher rank (or none)? Even though the extremes are often found growing in the same habitats with no intermediates. However hybrids are known and there are numerous populations somewhat intermediate in regards to scape hairyness. Thus, we followed Saint-Hilaire and kept varietal rank due to the difficulty in quantifying this character, until further evidence is presented. Here's a plant we classified as var.tomentosa, since hairs were found all the way up the scape, even if less dense than the ones above (pics by Nilber Silva): And just as a reminder, D. tomentosa (both varieties) are known to freely form hybrids with D. grantsaui almost everywhere they meet, the hybrid being known as D.X fontinalis.Here's a pic of D. tomentosa var. tomentosa (L) and D.X fontinalis ®:
  18. From the album: Bogs June 2014

  19. Little-Bacchus


    From the album: CPs

    My first flower coming coming up... So giddy lol
  20. lorisarvendu

    Jun2014 15

    From the album: Bogs June 2014

    Drosera filliformis, just arrived in the post.
  21. lorisarvendu

    Jun2014 14

    From the album: Bogs June 2014

    The sarra & sundew tray with my new addition drosera filliformis.
  22. lorisarvendu

    Jun2014 12

    From the album: Bogs June 2014

    I got me a hoverfly!