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Martin Hingst

Chasing a jewel on Auyan tepui

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Hello,

some more pics from the tablemountains for you – from Auyan tepui, the biggest tepui of the Guyana highlands.

We had just one day to spend – but these hours were full of great impressions. This is just a little little story out of this day.

Normally we went around the mountain tops, catching whatever the eye could find. But when I came to this little stream, things were different for me. It was more a hunting for something particular that I haven`t seen before and did have to find. Maybe here?

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The stream came out of the bushes – the contrast to the bright lit open plateau looked mystical – and raised my expectations! Outside I had already found wonderful plants, like H. minor, the typical Heliamphora on Auyan, or U. quelchii in flower.

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Inside this “forrest” the conditions were totally different – diffuse light, much more humid – like a little highland jungle.

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So the plants were also different – many epiphytes on moss covered trees or rotting branches , like this little Tillandsia.

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And many spectacular flowers…

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A branch full of U. quelchii -

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But no time to waste – I was in the hunt for…something like that:

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Could it be…I was extremely excited – but no flowers. Just a spent one – yes, that`s what it should look like, maybe

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Finally, after about half an hour crawling through the slippery trees and mossy ground – the perhaps most beautiful flower of all Utricularia – U. campbelliana:

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Even though the light was quite weak here, it gleamed mysteriously through the dark forrest like a magic jewel.

Well – that’s exactly what it was for me. Wouldn`t you agree?

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Hope you like it

Martin

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Beautiful flowers!

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It looks magical!

The U.campbelliana really does look like ruby among the vegetation.

It must have been hard to leave that place!

Thanks for those stunning pics.

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Beautiful, Martin!

It makes me want to go through thousands of my old slides of the "stickier parts of the world" from the 1980s.

Anyone still recall Kodachrome®?

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Stunning... absolutely stunning... though I suspect almost impossible to get to flower in cultivation :blush:

Thanks for pics Martin :yes:

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Amazing stuff, thanks for sharing!! The pics brings back great memories from my Neblina expedition in 1998/1999, when I 1st saw U.campbelliana. I think it was probably my favorite CP from that trip! Did you only see one flower or did you find more?

Best wishes,

Fernando Rivadavia

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spectacular martin!!wow!!! Mind blowing. :blush: thanks for sharing.

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Incredible and very exciting story. The flower is amazing. I hope to be able to personally see it one day.

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Thanks for the nice comments :(

Nadja - a ruby, yes, that fits! :wink:

Fernando - on Auyan I only found two flowers. But on Roraima there were some more. Not a common species, although quite widespread, Neblina is quite far away!

Carl - not impossible, there are some members here who already had some success bringing this plant to flower. But quite difficult. I am still waiting on mine to flower.

Regards

Martin

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Hello,

amazing pictures! I love the second U. campbelliana pic! :wub:

Many regards,

Nicole

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Carl - not impossible, there are some members here who already had some success bringing this plant to flower. But quite difficult. I am still waiting on mine to flower.

I've just found it for sale at €150!... I think I'll give this one a miss :wub:

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Hi,

did you miss the sundews in the above pics? There are already plenty D. roraimae :wink:

The other species on Auyan was D. arenicola. As far as I remember these two were the only species there.

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Regards

Martin

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