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    It's a Pinguicula, but P. caerulea or lutea, I'm assuming. In the greenhouse, my P. caerulea grows shorter, fleshier leaves in the winter, although not to the same extent as a Mexican Pinguicula species would. These remain carnivorous, e.g. I have seen both species in Holly Shelter, so they are in the general vicinity of Croatan (although I've not yet seen them within the NF boundaries itself).

    I have likewise seen P. pumila in Holly Shelter, so it's conceivable that the small Pings in one of the photos are that species (I wouldn't expect the larger species to be flowering at that size). I've never seen pumila growing in sphagnum (I have always found them in open sandy habitat in NC, even in tire tracks where the ground has been disturbed).

    But there are plenty of things I've never seen, so that's hardly a limiting factor :-).

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    Jay which Pinguicula picture are you referring to? I can guarantee that "Mexican pinguicula" is not a butterwort at all. P. lutea and P. caerula look nothing like that at any point in their life cycle. Also I have seen that plant in person and touched the leaves they are smooth yet sandy like a piece of sand paper coated in rubber. Also the small Pinguicula growing in the sphagnum and the blooming one is P. pumila the larger one is probably P. lutea.
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    Thanks for the info, guys. I was sure it wasn't caerulea or lutea, but it definitely looked like a Mexican.

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    Here are a few pictures from yesterday. McNair and I were out exploring the Croatan. It was about 58 degrees, Sunny, and pine pollen covering everything.





    Pinguicula surrounded by Pixie Moss.










    Here is a nice "fused tooth" VFT





    Here is a beautiful Pinguicula





    Pinguicula pumila flower





    Nice Sarracenia rubra






    P. pumila with a blue flower.. there were a couple of these mixed in with the white ones.



    Nice VFT. The tiny white/yellow specs are pine pollen.





    Drosera capillaris





    Immature flytraps. Note the red anthocyanin/carotenoid pigments being deposited in the traps






    Here are a few non carnivorous plants found in the picosin.
    Dwarf Bog Iris





    Sphagnum





    Vaccinium (blue berry bush)

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    I started to think the same thing about the "Fused Tooth" VFT, but it being a mutation to start with does not exclude its existance. It is just quite a feat to find and photgraph one in the wild. At least from my vantage point here in Ca. I wish I lived near a natural habitat as such. I would probably live there amongst the Sphagnum.
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    Oh my good gracious these pictures are stunning! I know I'm late to the forums but I don't think I'll ever get tired of looking at photos like these! Thanks very much for sharing them!

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    Amazing pictures! I like temperate pings, but can't grow them
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    I don't really blame you for not owning any CP's. Why do that when you can go see them in the wild all the time!! You've taken wonderful pictures! Thank you for sharing them!! I can't wait to see more from you.
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