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    I'm guessing that you're looking for the real D. villosa & not D. villosa var ascendens (aka: D. ascendens). If so, be extremely vigilant as there are some plants being shared as D. villosa that are not the real species.
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    Thanks for clarifying that Ron. I am indeed looking for the real D. villosa. I figure it's a long shot .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crissytal View Post
    Thanks for clarifying that Ron. I am indeed looking for the real D. villosa. I figure it's a long shot .
    This species is still shrouded in a bit of naming / nomenclature purgatory and needs to be officially separated from D. ascendens (imho). Even to my taxonomically-challenged abilities, the plant is morphologically distinct from D. ascendens and for me, was a real challenge to grow well for any period of time (unlike the multiple locations of D. ascendens which tended to grow quite easily for me). The naming issues create another layer of difficulty in locating the real plant and some people, even when alerted that their plants may be mis-labeled, choose to continue the confusion (sadly).

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    Do all accepted taxonomical systems lump them together though? I noticed that wikipedia (standard disclaimer aside) seems to separate them out.
    Of course, that does not help the matter of mislabeling...

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    Quote Originally Posted by utricularia View Post
    Do all accepted taxonomical systems lump them together though? I noticed that wikipedia (standard disclaimer aside) seems to separate them out.
    No clue. Jan Schlauer's CP database currently keeps them together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RL7836 View Post
    No clue. Jan Schlauer's CP database currently keeps them together.
    Yeah, I just glanced at his dichotomous key, I did not see mention of ascendens even as a ssp.

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    Read Saint-Hilaire's original descriptions of the species. He notes that D. ascendens is related to D. villosa but distinct. He notes the visual similarity of D. graminifolia to D. filiformis and the similarity of D. capensis and D. villosa (though quite distinct).

    http://archive.org/stream/histoirede.../n345/mode/1up (pg 286)

    There must be good reason why they are currently lumped together, but then Saint-Hilaire had good reason to separate them too.
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