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Carnivorous plants

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Thomas, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. Thomas

    Thomas Well-Known Member

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    I keep a couple of CP's with my Draculas and Masdevallias, mainly Droseras. Here's some of them:

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    Cephalotus follicularis, the only known species in this genus, is native to the extreme southwestern part of Australia (near the town of Albany) where it lives on the margins of freshwater wetlands, ditches, and slow streams. Plant size 3-5cm.

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    Drosera scorpioides, a pygmy sundew from western Australia.

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    Unknown miniature Droseras.

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    Utricularia sandersonii, this bladderwort is endemic to South Africa. Flower size around 8mm.

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    The genus Darlingtonia contains only one species, Darlingtonia californica Torr. It is a pitfall pitcher plant related to Sarracenia and Heliamphora.

    The most frequently used common names for Darlingtonia are cobra lily and California pitcher plant.
     
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    Alexis New Member

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    Fantastic Thomas! I love CPs, and your pictures leave me speechless. Thank you for sharing them.
     
  3. Yoyo_Jo

    Yoyo_Jo nuisance

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    Very cool - I've never seen any of those particular carnivorous plants. Great photos.
     
  4. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Stunning! Almost makes me want to grow them. ;)
     
  5. Tracey

    Tracey Interloper

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    These plants fascinate me almost as much as orchids. Magnificent photos of them as well :clap:
     
  6. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    You really are a talented photographer. Thank you for sharing your photographs.
     
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    Mary Jane New Member

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    Those are really really nice photos.
     
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    The forked drosera is probably D. binata. Beautiful detail in the pics!
    Peter T.
     
  9. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Those photos are unbelievable. Thank you, Thomas.
     
  10. Thomas

    Thomas Well-Known Member

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    Thank you all for the kind comments!

    A few more:

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    Dionaea muscipula

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    Sarracenia purpurea

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    Drosera aliciae
     
  11. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    Absolutely fantastic pictures of neat plants!
     
  12. Tom_in_PA

    Tom_in_PA I am not an addict

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    stunning pictures

    I tried growing a few mini Drosera but they dimped on me :( Anyone have a culture tips they would like to share?
     
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    Very cool plants and awesome pics!
     
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    Supurbly grown and beautifully photographed. Love that first one!!!
     
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    Wow. love the pics.
     
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    Those are awesome. We've never had much success but every so often we try another.
     
  17. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Awesome! Both images and plants. I especially like the Cephalotus follicularis.
     
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    Brant dazed

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    i am just seeing these - WOW...cool plants and incredible pics !
    that first pic, that plant is way too cool - bravo
     
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    My carnivorous are not so beautifull, particullary I could not cultivate the Drosera aliciae, It died as dried, I fear it has received a discharge of kerosene from the sky, I live near the airport
     
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    Thanks again, folks!

    Tom in PA - I grow my plants in a combination of live sphagnum moss and sand/perlite and are only watered with RO- or rainwater. Nutrients/mineralsalts will most certainly kill the plants. Never ever fertilize carnivorous plants!

    Water by the tray system: Place pots in a tray of water. Try to keep the water level between 1-2 inches(2.5 -5cm), although keeping the level consistent is more important than what the level actually is. The plants will absorb water through the drainage holes at the bottom of their pots, and the moss/sand mixture will remain saturated. Do not worry about overwatering sundews.

    In my opinion the easiest one is Drosera capensis:

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    Drosera auriculata
    An upright growing species from New Zeeland, throughout the North Island and northern tip of the South Island, below 700m. Also found throughout Southeastern Australia and Tasmania:
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    And the flower of Sarracenia purpurata:
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    Sarracenia psittacina:
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