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    Stylidium calcaratum

    An exciting day for me, thought I would share. Received seed for Stylidium calcaratum from Dr Darnowski exactly two months ago. Sowed seed immediately on peat/sand mix with no pre-treatment and placed in terrarium about two inches below fluorescent fixture. Here are pictures of their development from germination to flowering.


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    Of course, I immediately triggered the flower after it opened (last photo). Movement was amazingly fluid, not a jerk reaction like I was expecting. Flowers are small, but surprisingly larger than I was expecting. Hope you enjoy.

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    omg thats gorgeous @_@
    i love this species of stylidium.................i wish i could find a source for it here in the US
    definitely my favorite species.
    Great photos, thanks for sharing

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    That's a different looking flower! Reminds me of Rohrschach test.

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    i got seeds of stylidium gladulifora (not positive on the name), and am almost scared to put them on soil! Any suggestions on mix/light/etc...?
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    That's an amazing flower! Very Orchid/Utric like, stunning colors!

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    Thanks for the kind words. I am going to attempt to pollinate these things to death, and if I get any seed, I will let you know. I have never grown this plant before, so I can only forward the little knowledge that was provided to me. Most grow in sandy soil. I used 50/50 peat sand. Apparently they grow alongside utrics and drosera in the wild and can be grown the same way. I was told if your seed is larger than a "pinhead" they would probably benefit from smoke and/or GA3 treatment, smaller, you can just sow them and they should have a good germination rate. You can use smoke discs or burn a small fire on top of the pot. Keep them warm, humid and in full sun. Mine are a couple inches from my fluorescent lights. One thing I have learned, is not all grow in wet locations. You need to figure this part out based on your plant. You can often find information at www.florabase.com. Hope this helps.

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    ah ha, its called Stylidium lobuliflorum. Mr. Lowire describes them as possessing: "insect trapping glandular inflorescene. Mirima, Kimberley"

    Thanks fro the help man!
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    I read that this plant was recently discovered to produce digestive enzymes.
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