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Kevin Tonnerre

Utricularia australis flower

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I know its nothing special for you people that grow this specimen, but maybe some of you didnt take a closer look at the beautiful flower, which you now have the chance to.

I hope these pictures, with the help of the splendid guide of Andreas Fleischmann, will help you correctly identify your plants in the wild. Flowers are roughly 1,5cm long and a little broader.

Hardly visible, but there was a little dirt on the lower lip, sorry for that. This is the sideview

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Top of the flower

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Bottom

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Front

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Unlike U. stygia, which is also thought to be of hybrid origin much like U. australis, this one actually does produce pollen. I hand pollinated this plant, and will see if the extremely rare fruits appear, but i hardly doubt it will ever happen.

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I agree that it's a nice flower.

I took these pics in the wild in January this year.

I wish it was a bit more prolific flowering though. For the amount of plants that we saw there was only a handful of flowers.

Cheers

Steve

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