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Carnivorous Plant Maniacs in Down Under (2001) In the last part of our Australia trilogy in 2001, we find many carnivorous plants with Kirstie Wulf and Greg Bourke near Sydney and in the Blue Mountains. We look for more sundews and bladderworts with Trevor Hannam in Cairns and film Drosera schizandra in the jungle of Mount Bartle Frere. In Port Douglas, we are invited by Helen and Michael Gabour to the great blues events at the Court House Hotel, dive on the Barrier Reef and encounter more carnivores and an impressive stick insect near Cape Tribulation. In the CP-paradise of the Kimberley near Kununurra, we film many plants and two bug-plant-mutualisms including a sundew with unusual characteristics, which we are delighted to find in cultivation on our return to Germany. We show it to an expert and Dr. Jan Schlauer explains the unique characteristics of the plant in an interview at the end of June. In December 2001, he describes the new species in Carnivorous Plant Newsletter as Drosera hartmeyerorum. This film offers an hour of exciting adventures on the successful search for carnivorous plants in Australia. It doesn't get much more adventurous than this!
DESTINATION CARNIVOROUS PLANTS: AUSTRALIA TOUR 1995. This very adventurous and exciting search for carnivorous plants in Australia in 1995 has been extended with previously unreleased footage compared to the original released DVD in 1995. The adventure begins where our 1st tour ended in 1991, at the Lowries' home in Perth, with a lecture on Devil's Claws. Together we fly to Broome and drive with Sue Giesen's off-road bus towards Derby, always on the lookout for Byblis, sundews and bladderworts. In Derby we start with a small plane to Beverley Springs (today Charnley River Station), a wonderful CP-paradise. Then we continue to Halls Creek, where Sue Giesen is waiting with her bus. We fly over the pristine Bungle Bungles with a helicopter and then continue to Kununurra. There, the Lowries unexpectedly decide to travel on alone, so we are now on our own, which turns out to be a stroke of luck for our CP-search. We are the first to discover both the spider leg sundew, named after the Hartmeyers six years later, and the bug-plant symbioses on Byblis filifolia and various large sundews, previously unknown in tropical northern Australia, which we first published in the ACPS Journal in 1996. Then we continue to Darwin. During excursions to Howard Springs and the "Cathedrals of the North", enormous termite mounds, we discover more sundews populated by bugs as well as bladderworts. After a successful week, we fly on to Cairns for diving and snorkeling on the Barrier Reef and make excursions into the world's oldest rainforest. In Cairns we meet Trevor Hannam, president of the North Queensland Carnivorous Plant Society, who leads us on an adventurous trip to the only known pitcher plant in Australia at that time, Nepenthes mirabilis. There our film ends, which will be continued in a few months with our 3rd Australia movie "Fleischimania".
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.