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Is this Scrophulariaceae species practicing carnivory

Is this Linderniaceae species practicing carnivory

Allen Lowrie and I have been working on breeding a large selection plant species, many of which do not always relate directly to this CP forum but if you grow carnivorous plants the majority of these plants do make fantastic companion plants.

This particular Scrophulariaceae species shows signs it maybe be practicing carnivory which will be of interest to Pinguicula and Drosera enthusiasts.
This Scrophulariaceae species is a leafy, very floriferous, compact, branching, Mexican Pinguicula-like plant with its leaves densely covered with glassy Drosera-like glands that are capable of capturing small flying insects. Its solitary flowers are numerous and positioned just above the leaves. Its flower shape is Pinguicula macroceras-like but without the spur and upper petals of that species.

Photo 01: A top class clone that Allen-san and I have bred.

Photo 02: Same clone as photo 01.

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Photo 03 & photo 04: All parts of the plant foliage as well as the abaxial surface of the petals are covered with mucus tipped glands.

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Photo 05, photo 06, photo 07 & photo 08: This species can catch small insects on any glandular part of the plant. Principally the adaxial and abaxial surface of leaves, flower stalks and the abaxial surface of petals and tube.
The viscosity of mucus is not as strong as that found in Drosera species or even that of Byblis guehoi to which it has been compared. The size of the prey this species captures is therefore rather small.

We are not exactly sure just what purpose the glandular covering on this species is used for.
Could its purpose be a means of gathering nutrients from captured prey; to defend against insect attack; or is it a self-watering adaptation used during the dry season, to collect water droplets from the moisture laden air during the early morning humid periods? Or is it a combination of any or all of these three adaptations?



Note how the motion of the flower stalks continually search for a place to position their seed capsules. The DNA code of this species seems to be designed to search for suitable locations where it can lodge its seeds into nearby cracks, ledges and fissures of a cliff face thus colonizing its vertical habitat.
We have proved that selected clones of this species from our breeding trials are very suitable for pot cultivation. They make an ideal potted colour species for sales in the florist and nursery trades.
The species may also be suitable for landscaping projects as well. Especially in regard to the decoration of large areas of brick, rock and block retaining walls. Landscape architects of the world may find this species the solution to adding living colour to the bare walls of their garden designs. This species preference for cliff face habitats make it a suitable candidate to be incorporated in their landscaping designs as spectacular vertical wall gardens. We can see a big future for this species in the hands of the world’s leading landscaping architects and designers.


In the younger flowers it appears only the pistil with its bilobed stigmatic tip is mature and active. The anthers at this time are not active and are hidden within a two lobed protective housing.
When the pollinator enters the flower: it triggers the pistil to rapidly swing upwards; gathering pollen grains on its stigmatic tips from the pollinator in the same motion; and finally positioning itself horizontally and well away from the pollinator. If the pistil fails to scoop-up pollen from the pollinator's body, the pistil will within 24 hours, reset itself and hang as before at the flower entrance ready for the next pollinator visit.
Later as the flower matures, the anthers push their two lobed protective housing apart, pollen grains are release and gathered together in a clump. The pollen package is now visible and hangs between and just below the two door lobes. The pollen is now readily available for pollinator deposits and transportation.
It appears a fully mature flower will not only accept pollen from a pollinator, but will also deposit its pollen on to the same pollinator as it exists the flower.
Note the 2nd well matured flower in the video: This pistil action suggests that if a pollinator touches the pistil strongly, the stigmas may come into contact with its own pollen. It appears this species could self-pollinate, but its design has a preference for out-crossing.
For a Japanese translation please go to: http://princeofwales...eaespecies.html









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Its certainly going to a lot of effort and expending some valuable energy into producing so much mucus.

It must be for a reason,it looks very ping like.If its not carnivorous/insectivorous is it to stop it being eaten by animals,i.e foul tasteing or poisonous?

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I know I FIN want one! i deffiantliy want one. I would say since you cant tell what medium it is growing in if it is a desert dewlling plant. Jungle and so on. what type pf soil is it in. it seems to have the glands for bugs. is this a new type of species that has yet to be discovred?

Only time will tell

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What complicates it is that so far nobody gives details of this carnivorous plant :( . Even know what genus / species it belongs :wacko: !

Best Regards,


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Aha!! Now I'm understanding the beautiful picture you sent me a few weeks ago Takai-san! :) What an amazing plant and those two videos you made are marvelous, thank you so much!!

Good luck growing new and beautiful cultivars!

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Guys, don't get too excited. Take a close look at the trapped insects--in no photos do we see them being digested. Rather they just hang in place. Unless something else happens latter on, these plants aren't carnivorous plants.

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i find this topic in my Browser bookmarks. Two years have past, unbelieveable!

Are there some more informations availaible now? Especially the name?


Regards Max


Dear MaxJ-san,




Please watch two videos for the moment.





Kind regards from the Far East

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I think they are just taking it slow, so Allen didn't have to include this plant in and thus further delay his new books from coming out.  If he works on this species, he'd have to include it Carnivorous Plants of Australia, as that is most likely where this plant is from.


No, I don't think it can be a shrub from Eremophila.  It appears to be an herb with a pinguicula-style habitat preference!  Not a woody bush that grows out in the open under full sun.  That right there would place it outside Eremophila.  But perhaps in a genera next to it?

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  • PofW_Feathers changed the title to Is this Linderniaceae species practicing carnivory?

Part 1/9

Family: Linderniaceae

Genus: Lindernia

Species: Lindernia cleistandra W.R.Barker

Kimberley Sandstone Violet: KSV


First of all, I would like to express my condolences and gratitude to Allen-san, as this plant is derived from the late Mr. Allen Lowrie. Details about him will be given in the CPN. You can see his funeral at the link below. Even if you can't hear English like me, you can see a part of his life in many pictures.

Allen Lowrie on Livestream https://livestream.com/accounts/30045108/events/9839036/videos/225850538


Allen-san, who liked my activities for some reason, had been providing me with a large amount of breeding materials for over 20 years. I deeply regret that he passed away before I repay him for his favors/favours.



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Part 2/9


This time I will post about my failure. I've made countless mistakes in growing plants for many decades, but it's embarrassing to talk about them and I'm not used to confessing. However, I believe my failure will be useful to those who observe and propagate KSV in the future. I was commissioned by Allen-san to mass produce KSV seeds in 2020. I promised to do it in 2021. As a result, it failed, but I think its process of failure will be helpful to those who are interested in KSV. I don't think I'll be able to produce seeds for KSV for a while due to other plans, but it seems that KSV is being cultivated and studied in Europe so you may get seeds from them.

No passive flypaper: Byblis possess active moving traps - Byblis - Carnivorous Plants UK(cpukforum.com)

No passive flypaper: Byblis possess active moving traps - Byblis - Carnivorous Plants UK (cpukforum.com)


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