U. simplex & U. paulineae natural habitat details wanted.


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Hi,

i saw them in Australia (south west of albany), they live in sand mainly,the soil was maybe 65% of white sand,but i saw some with only 30% of sand,so i dont think the mix will be a problem...but humidity could be,they need when they're not in dormance to have the soil very wet,sometimes with two centimeters of water on the foot.sunny place.

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I've made a small search in the internet, but there is not many pictures...

:read: The soils seems to be a very wet sandy mix and abundant moss.

Yes, there doesn't seem to be much information on the internet about these two.

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U.paulineae looks a bit like U.uniflora and seems to be related. I keep U.uniflora in a mix which consists of 2 parts sand and 1 part of peat. The plant grows vigorously and flowers often. I submerge the plant when I add water to the tray, then water again when the water level drops to half an inch. The plant I got was previously labelled as U.paulineae;) unfortunatly it turned out to be U.uniflora. As for U.simplex, I didn't grow this one - I'm looking for it since a few months though/

Regards,

Peter

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Hi guys

I'm currently still growing both species. Neither are too difficult to grow and I just use a standard mix of 3:1 peat/sand and have the pots sitting in water.

To get them to flower on the other hand is a little more difficult. Perhaps they need to be submerged first, then slowly let the water level recede may trigger the flowering, but I've never really experimented with it.

Both species have small leaves and can easily be overgrown by the noxious species like U. subulata and U. bisquamata. U. bisquamata's leaves look very similar to U. simplex, and are only a little narrower, so care must be taken to not get them infested as last year I almost lost both of these.

Of the 2 U. paulineae is a much nicer species when in flower and is a little bit like U. uniflora while U. simplex looks just like a variant of U. laterflora, the flowers are only a couple of mm wider and not very big, at around 5mm. Personally I wouldn't go to to much trouble to chase it down.

Cheers

Steve

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U. paulineae

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U. simplex

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U. lateriflora

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