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Howdy,

Finally some Drosera from our Kimberley trip for all those who've been waiting in suspense.

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D. burmanii

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Orange and Pink flowered D.indica in a seep (very large and robust plants over 20 cm high!)

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Flower of orange D. indica

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D. petiolaris complex with broad petiole. New spurt of dry season growth and flowering stimulated by a bushfire that was doused by unseasonal rainfall.

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Flower detail of the above.

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D. petiolaris complex with narrow petiole.

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Habitat shot of the above, yet another seep.

Cheers,

Dan.

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That would be an understatement Jan. The area would be one of the best in the world considering all of the species were seen during the dry season.

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Lovely spot,lovely pictures!!!

Can u post some more????

Greetz,

Iggy.

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Hey Dan!!

Thanks tons for the lovely pics! I'm stunned with the beauty of the orange-flowered D.indica. This is one I would LOVE to see in the wild! And best of all, growing sympatrically with a beautiful pink-flowered form... I wonder what's going on there, if they're interfertile or not...

As for the petiolaris-complex plants, I don't know much about their taxonomy (YES, there are Drosera that I can NOT identify, hehehe!). Any guesses anyone? I'll shoot for D.ordensis (1st one) and D.paradoxa (2nd plant).

More pics please!!!!!!!!! :):)

Best wishes,

Fernando Rivadavia

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Howdy,

As requested here are some more habitat shots.

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The habitat of the large indicas. Small wet areas on a rocky platform marginal to a creek. Lots of utrics also.

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The habitat of the broad leaved petiolaris complex plants - open tropical savannah forest. We could see that in the north of our walk where it hadn't burnt and hadn't rained all the platns were completely dormant (and very hard to spot). In the above inage it'd rained and burnt, so the plants were pushing out new growth and flowering.

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The typical habitat of the narrow leafed petiolaris complex sundews. This one's a bit of a gloat - also a nice place for a refreshing swim and a shoulder massage under the cascades.

And finally another picture for Fernando...

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We didn't see any evidence of hybrids between the pink and orange flowered forms of D.indica (perhaps they are infertile). An interesting finding at this particular site was that there was abundant seed in the orange flowered plants, but none on the pink flowered plants. The plants at the site were particularly robust and large. However there were more gracile forms around, and above I include an image of a pale orange flowered variety that grew nowhere near as large as the former orange flowered plants.

Cheers,

Dan.

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Thanks Dan!!

What a strange color, I'd never heard of pale orange flowers before! Were these growing anywhere near the bright orange or pink ones?

MORE PICS!!!! :):):)

Take care,

Fernando Rivadavia

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Hi Fernando,

The pale orange flowered form was in a different catchment to the bright orange and pink flowered plants (about 15 km away). There was a small tangled patch of them all out on their own, and they seemed to be a distinct gracile form (more like the forms you get in north eastern Australia - although I've never seen orange flowers over east).

Unfortunately we didn't have time to collect a specimen for the herbarium, and I have posted the only photo I took. Knowing my luck it'll turn out to be a novel species!

Cheers,

Dan.

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Hi Fernando,

The pale orange flowered form was in a different catchment to the bright orange and pink flowered plants (about 15 km away). There was a small tangled patch of them all out on their own, and they seemed to be a distinct gracile form (more like the forms you get in north eastern Australia - although I've never seen orange flowers over east).

Unfortunately we didn't have time to collect a specimen for the herbarium, and I have posted the only photo I took. Knowing my luck it'll turn out to be a novel species!

Cheers,

Dan.

Hi Dan,

Well then, you'll have to go back and take more pictures! I'm curious to know how much it cost to travel to these locations, could you please let us know?

Thanks,

Matt

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Godddddd.. I have to go there before I die, If it was one of my dreams to go to AUS hunting for CPs, now it is MY DREAMM

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Hi Fernando,

>Well then, you'll have to go back and take more pictures!

I hope to one day, but the access is somewhat tricky. Most of the photos I have shown were taken in the Prince Regent Nature Reserve. You need a permit to enter this reserve, and permits are only granted on the basis of a programme of scientific research (we were collecting for the WA herbarium and also doing a weed survey). There are no access tracks within the reserve, so everything is accessed on foot. Our trip involved being flown from Broome in to a small dirt airstrip that we had graded especially for us. This took us to the southern boundary of the reserve. We then walked >200 km over 25 days to the northern boudnary to Mitchell Plateau, where there is another airstrip that we were extracted from (tehre is also a popular 4WD track that ends at the Mitchell Plateau). Our only luxury was a food cache we had dropped in by helicopter half way along otu route. We didn't see a single other person for the entire 25 days!

You might get the mistaken impression from my photos that the plants are thick on the ground and all in the one region, but they are in actuality spread out over our 200 km walk. They probably ARE all over the place int eh wet season, but are restricted to semi-permanent soaks in the dry.

I have driven to the Mitchell Plateau on a previous trip (1997), but haven't seen the orange flowered indicas before this trip. The problem is that you can only drive in during the dry season and most of the carnivores are going dormant by then. You should eb able to see petiolaris complex plants along the roadside early in the dry though (early April say).

>I'm curious to know how much it cost to travel to these locations, could >you please let us know?

Lots! Broome has an international airport, and there is a domestic airport at Kununurra (these are the closest access points to the Kimberley). Kununurra is the location that Siggi found his new form of D. indica (hartmeyeroium?). You would have to hire a 4wd from either one of these spots and have a bit of a drive around (at AU$140/day or similar). The Gibb River Road is the main track through the Kimberley, and visits a number of pleasant gorges - a walk along any of these creeks early in the dry should turn up some plants.

All that being said, for someone coming in cold to Australia, for my money I'd fly to Darwin in late summer (say early to mid February, or maybe march depending on how well the wet season goes). It's easy to get to (has an international airport), and there are a multitude of beautiful plants to see within a short distance (~30km fro the city centre). Unfortunately, most of Kakadu is inaccessible at that time - but the plants are all out. A couple of years ago I went in late January and found D. indica, darwinensis, petiolaris, dilatato-petiolaris, and burmanii. Also B. aquatica, and a number of utricularia (although these were just coming into flower - hence the suggestion to go a bit later). You probably wouldn't even need a 4WD to see a good variety of plants, although some ground clearance might help if you got adventurous. It's an 800 km drive to Kununurra from Darwin, and there'd be heaps to see along the roadside along the way at that time of year.

Hope this helps.

Cheers,

Dan.

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Since the 1994 ACPS Annual-Show I've been Left with the Idea that The-Pets and The-Pygs could be Deliberately Interchanged Simply by Shrinking or Enlarging-Them Respectively. You Could Even Do-this with Drawings of Them and a Photocopier.

'Perhaps' They are Distantly-Related!!!???

I've 'Heard' through the Grapevine that a Pygmy-Pet Has Actually been Discovered that Adds Plausability to the Theory that Either-Group 'May' have-been Derived from The-Other!!!???

Perhaps Common-Pygmies could be made-to-grow a Little-larger with Better Nutrition?

Howdy,

Finally some Drosera from our Kimberley trip for all those who've been waiting in suspense.

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D. burmanii

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Orange and Pink flowered D.indica in a seep (very large and robust plants over 20 cm high!)

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Flower of orange D. indica

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D. petiolaris complex with broad petiole. New spurt of dry season growth and flowering stimulated by a bushfire that was doused by unseasonal rainfall.

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Flower detail of the above.

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D. petiolaris complex with narrow petiole.

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Habitat shot of the above, yet another seep.

Cheers,

Dan.

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