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Dieter

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Dear all,

 

I know it has been a while since I posted some pictures. Sorry for that. I just do not have as much time as I would need to get everything done. I also know that some of you are still waiting for a reply of some sort (email or pm). I work on that as well :-)

 

At least I took some time to sort through the pictures I took during the past 2 months or so. Here are some of them. More can be found on my website.

 

As a starter I would like to show the two new species in the macrantha family with their typical features. Here is D. hirsuta (starting with pictures from mid of November):

The lower stem section is completely free of hairs (glabrous). Later in the season the plant will develop an intensely hairy stem. The plant below shows now the first sign of those hairs.

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Four weeks later the hairs are much more intense:

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This is a picture taken earlier today:

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By the way, this is the pink flowered form. There also is a white flowered form which comes with colourless (instead of red) hairs. However, I do not grow that one yet, so I can not offer any pictures.

 

The second new species is D. indumenta. The name is derived from the indumentum which is covering the stem along its entire length. Actually, this species is very easy to identify in my opinion as no other species looks even similar.

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the two pictures I selected here are showing different clones growing under the same conditions in the same tray and the pictures were taken at the same day. The second plant obviously is more advanced as it appeared a few weeks earlier. The hairs are not as obvious but still very good to see.

 

 

 

Now some rosetted species: the first one is a species which already last year produced several additional rosettes during the season and apparently is up to do the same again: To my surprise I found an open flower in a pot where I would not have expected one for the rest of the season. It is a second rosette emerging underneath the first one.

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The plants in the macrophylla family are also starting their flowering season now. I have to admit that I did not take pictures of the lovely hybrid of both species yet, which I obtained from jp a couple of years back (already as flowering size tubers). I will try to add those later.

Here is a D. macrophylla getting ready to flower soon:

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A little further advanced is a D. aff. monantha, which forms very large rosettes (up to 10 cm according to Allen) and 1-3 flowers per flower stalk:

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This pot measures 11x11 cm, so the plant has not yet reached its full size.

 

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A little bit off-topic I add a picture of my R. gorgonias which is getting ready to flower as well. That is far from being the normal behaviour but it shows how warm the winter was so far. And you will also see that we had great weather on December, 24th!

 

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Cheers

Dieter

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Hi Dieter,

 

Great pictures! like you i will have a few flowers of D.hirsuta, do yo know if they are self fertile like D.planchoni ?

 

This species D.aff monantha  seems to be very similar to D.macrophylla,the color of the flowers not opened and the leaves, do you know what are the

specificity of this plant ?

This year i had some flowers of the hybrid od d.macrophylla and d.monantha and haow i have more than one plents (i have a lot of theym :dance4: ) so i collect some seeds

like you told me on your mail it can be strange to collect seeds from an hybrid ? perhaps theses 2 species are not species ?

The stupid thing it's i forgot to take picture of the hybrid flower. :negative:

 

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