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Pinguicula in Italy 1 - Alpi Apuane


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On 25 April I've been to Alpi Apuane in Tuscany for a Journey....

I' ve found two kind of pinguicula. The first growing at lower altitudes are rock grower and were in full bloom. The second grow at a higher elevation and seem to prefer soil growth. At the time this second species was emerging from hibernaculum.

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many of the plants growing on the rock have fallen down and some of them have rooted in the soil below, almost nearby the asphaltum of the main road.

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Some plants in sun acqire a very nice red leaves coloration.

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At that time at the second species location there was still some snow

Plants are emerging from winter bud.

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Here are some pics of the same plants tooken last year toward the beginning of May.

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In literature we find growing on Apuane P. leptoceras and P. longifolia ssp. reichenbachiana but the plants of my pics surely seem to be something different and something new to be studied. I think that some botanic is working on that ...

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Unfortunately not, or lets say definitely not in any nursery. Maybe some seeds were distributed among some hardcore Pinguicula-growers, but actually i dont know any by name. Maybe Eric, Jeff, Markus... i dont know, im just guessing.

Its not like with Pinguicula vallis-regiae, where some plants were grown as Pinguicula spec. abbruzzensis (and similar names) before it was described. The plants were studied under the name P1 (P2 being a vulgaris-like Specimen, that i think is still being studied, P3 is Pinguicula apuana), but i highly doubt that the plants circulated under these names, because this time it really seems to be rare. I hope this will change soon though, as its one of the most beautiful Pinguicula in my opinion.

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The firts 5 pictures of the initial post are P. mariae, the last 2 are P. apuana. Both species have been published last November on Wulfenia.

Here are more pictures:

P. mariae (beginning of April)

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P. mariae (end of May, photo by Emilio P.)

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P. mariae (beginning of June)

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P. apuana (beginning of June, photo by Giulio Pandeli)

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P. apuana (photo by Giulio Pandeli)

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Wow, thanks for those new pics, these are very nice species.

Any picture of the other P. vulgaris-related new taxon?

Same question as Miguel too :wink:

Regards

Aymeric

These are some pings from Appennino Tosco Emiliano. The species is very variable..

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I think next year i have to go to Italy...! ;-)

Thanks a lot for the pictures, the plants are really beautiful, i hope they will soon be in cultivation.

But im still puzzled... are you sure thats whats considered to be "P2"? It sure is very variable! I guess theres still some studying to be done and thats why it hasnt been published yet. But if you look at this specimen (the one after P. mariae), it doesnt seem to fit into P. apuana (eventhough someone in that forum said it belongs to P.apuana, from what i can tell with my really bad italian knowledge) nor into the latter specimen, hm.

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But if you look at this specimen (the one after P. mariae), it doesnt seem to fit into P. apuana (eventhough someone in that forum said it belongs to P.apuana, from what i can tell with my really bad italian knowledge) nor into the latter specimen, hm.

I had the same opinion when I saw the photos :wink:

Surely the studies will continue to reserve some suprises in the next years.

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Thank you for those more pics. This shows a great variability.

However, I was speaking about the new taxon Kevin shows us in its link. This is the Pinguicula sp. "P3" ("P1" = P. mariae, "P2" = P. apuana). It hasn't been described so far and does not belong to P. mariae and P. apuana.

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