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    I have several different size variations of Pinguicula lutea. I have a smaller type that hales from Hampstead, North Carolina, USA and another of unknown location detail. The unknown is the larger. The plant nearly fills a 6 inch (15 cm) diameter pot, the flower stalk can grow more than 12 inches (30 cm) high, and the flower is a rich dark yellow and presents facing the horizon and is 3-4 times larger than the Hempstead flower. The Hampstead plants rosettes are only about 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter and the flower stalk is only about 5-6 inches (12.5-15 cm) high. The flowers present facing up, are thin petaled and pale compared to the unknown larger plants flowers. Perhaps this is a factor of autopolyploidy, but I have never done a chromosome count to verify. They each had a solitary fall flower happen simultaneously and I was able to transfer pollen from each to the other and seed pods are developing. Earlier I was able to self the larger variety and have seedlings growing from those now. This is the Hampstead plants first flower. I am excited to see how these do in the long term.

    Has anyone else noticed anything like this with any of their Pinguicula?

    Here is a picture of a flower from the larger type:



    and here is a link to more images of the same larger plant:

    Photogallery of Pinguicula lutea

    Edit: Correction of Hempstead to Hampstead




    Joseph Clemens
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    Great photos- lovely flowers [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
    I have never got this species to last long enough to produce any flowers [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif[/img]
    Any tips as to growing it? Is it an annual as I have read?

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    bill

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    Where did you read that this species is an annual? This sp. can live for many years under the right conditions.

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    Gorgeous photo and plant Joseph (as usual!). [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Sadly, my lutea finally succumbed very recently. I had it for about 2-3 years. I've heard they are tricky to keep on the long term but maybe it depends on the grower. I only had one flower at a time so I couldn't try pollinating it.
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    Actually, you can self lutea flowers and produce viable seeds.

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    I want to correct your location data. It's not Hempstead, it's Hampstead. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Thanks Ozzy,

    That's what I get for trying to read my own writing. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]
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    No Problem. I'm glad to help.

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