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    Pinguicula in Paradise

    8I just got back from an 8 day camping trip in the Florida Keys with my Marine Chemistry Class. Along with sightseeing in Key West and enjoying coconuts on pristine beaches, I had to take a few trips into the wild to find carnivorous plants in their habitat. So I convinced one of my classmates to come along and hike Big Pine Key.

    The habitat we encountered was very different than the longleaf pine forests I was used to. Instead of sandy soil with grasses, the ground was almost completely limestone. Shrubs and palms grew in cracks, but the forest was dominated by stunted slash pines.

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    We followed the trail while I looked for Pinguicula pumila. It wasn't very long until I spotted the first plant.

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    There was plenty of color variation of the flowers. One was almost yellow.

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    Others were violet.

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    One plant was much redder than the others, despite being in heavier shade.

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    I found a larger plant a little further up the trail.

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    Not far away, a few Tillandsias were growing on a buttonwood tree near a marsh.

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    There were also some key deer on a nearby road

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    It is interesting finding a carnivorous plant in a rockland rather than the usual wetlands that I am accustom to. I kept a lookout for Catopsis in Key Largo and Castellow Hammock after reading reports of the plants growing there. Unfortunatly, there were none on the trail. Plenty of Tillandsias thought.

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    Great shots. I had no idea that Pinguicula went as far south as the keys.

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    You, my friend, are not a photographer, but The Photographer.

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    Sweet Yeah, I didn't know there were any cp's in the keys either. Really interesting habitat
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    Pings will grow just about anywhere they can find moisture. I had no idea they were in the Keys, though.

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    hmmm . maybe this species benefits form some calcium in their mix. that looks like limestone as a substrate....

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    I had no idea that they grew in the keys either until about a year ago. They grow in pine rocklands, one of the most endangered ecosystems in Florida. There are a few pine rocklands on the lower keys and a few in the everglades. To my knowledge, the pings in South Florida grow only on Big Pine Key and the everglades. The rocklands are full of tropical species and most of the plants were actually of West Indian origin. I felt like I should have been seeing mexican pinguicula rather than pumila! This place is truly unique and when I signed up for the camping trip this past winter I knew I had to visit this site. It is well worth it.

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    great pics ,loving those tillandsia

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