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Ouah ! Good photos, it's interesting to see these uncommon plants in their natural envirronment :D

So sad I can't read german...

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Wow!! That was some trip! You did an absolutely fantastic job with the pics & the article describing your trip -- many thanks!! It's so rare that we get to see these plants in their natural habitat - fantastic!!

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Hi Felix,

nice pictures and report nethertheless i did not understand everything.

For sure you have had a nice time there.

Thanks for sharing.

Best regards,

Daniel

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Wow, how did you manage to find so many species?? Congratulations! It is truly a great pleasure to see rare pics of these plants in the wild, thank you!!

Fernando Rivadavia

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Guest Andreas Eils

Mon dieu, Felix!!! :ohmy: GREAT field report! It made me drool onto my keyboard!!! *sigh* I love the section Lasiocephala sundews so muchly! The pictures drive me to tears...

....tears of joy, of course! :wink:

Congrats! :Laie_71mini:

Andreas

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How i'd manage? All the difference drove me crazy... I'm still getting a lot of info of everything I've seen. And more questions aswell.

Anayway, I walked with a big smill for days and liked it to share this with you. Tnx for the replies.

Felix

Ps your tears rememberd me of all the rivers of sweat rolling of my face dripping on my camera and the tiny plants I hung above--> over 40 C.

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Great plants, especially the Byblis aquatica. What were the Byblis growing conditions like? Also, did the Byblis have many insects adhered to the leaves?

Cheers,

Greg

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That was very good, and a great help to me. It's always difficult to identify these plants, and you've already done most of the hard work. I guess your trip was last year as this year the weather has been unusually dry and not all the plants are out yet.

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He Felix, heel erg mooi! sun_bespectacled.gif

I guess your trip was last year as this year the weather has been unusually dry and not all the plants are out yet.

As far as I know, Felix is actually there at this moment, so the fieldreport is this year.

Edited by Emiel

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Actually probably last year, this wet season, but I know what you mean. It's just that after TC Grant everything started to dry out rapidly. Last week I was looking for some Utricularia in a particular spot but never found any. There's some Drosera about, mainly petiolaris. Next week I'll be out and see what I can come up with. But of course the best time is end of the wet season and early part of the dry season.

This is the checklist for Drosera in the NT:

banksii R.Br. ex DC.

brevicornis Lowrie

burmanni Vahl

darwinensis Lowrie

derbyensis Lowrie

dilatatopetiolaris Kondo

falconeri Kondo & Tsiang

fulva Planch.

indica L.

lanata Kondo

ordensis Lowrie

paradoxa Lowrie

petiolaris R.Br. ex DC.

subtilis N.G.Marchant

And the checklist for Utricularia:

arnhemica P.Taylor

aurea Lour.

australis R.Br.

bifida L.

caerulea L.

capilliflora F.Muell.

cheiranthos P.Taylor

chrysantha R.Br.

circumvoluta P.Taylor

dunlopii P.Taylor

dunstaniae F.E.Lloyd

foveolata Edgew.

fulva F.Muell.

gibba L.

hamiltonii F.E.Lloyd

holtzei F.Muell.

involvens Ridl.

kamienskii F.Muell.

kimberleyensis C.A.Gardner

lasiocaulis F.Muell.

leptoplectra F.Muell.

leptorhyncha O.Schwarz

limosa R.Br.

minutissima Vahl

muelleri Kamienski

odorata Pell.

quinquedentata F.Muell. ex P.Taylor

rhododactylos P.Taylor

singeriana F.Muell.

sp. Red (R.K.Harwood 145)

sp. Small white (M.O.Rankin 2450)

stellaris L.f.

subulata L.

triflora P.Taylor

tubulata F.Muell.

uliginosa Vahl

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Photo's are taken 6 januari till 9 januari 2012. Most flowering plants were flowering for a while. Still conditions were dry, or the soil dried out quikly when the sun was shining.

Inhad one major thunderstorm and there was a cyclone two weeks earlier.

The Byblis was growing in a bit shade in open forrest and a bit wetter then the orher plants. They al grew in some sort of grass. They apeared to do not catch a lot of prey. Maybe strong showers washed them off once in a while. What I found remarkeble was the fact they all, realy all grew upon little hills of soil.

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Dear Felix,

Thank you for that great report, and for showing the beautifull Drosera photos.

The first species you found abundantly is not D. dilatato-petiolaris, but D. brevicornis. The flower scapes are much too thick and robust to be D. dilatato-petiolaris, and the pedicels would also be much longer in that species. There are only two species that have flower stalks and pedicels like the plants on your photos (and both are very closely related), namely D. fulva and D. brevicornis. In the flower close-up (the first one, with pure white petals) you can clearly see the "horns" at the tip of the anthers: it is D. brevicornis. And the flower below, with the larger and slightly pinkish petals clearly to D. fulva.

Unfortunately it is a bit difficult for me to ID the Utricularia species from that flower angle, as I would need to see the spur and the bracts to confirm its identity. But it is most likely U. leptorhyncha. Do you perhaps have a photo of the flower in lateral view?

The Drosera you were not sure about whether it is D. darwinensis or D. brevicornis is D. darwinensis.

Very nice photographs!

All the best,

Andreas

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