It reminded me of a nice cold, frothy Margarita on the rocks..... yum!
Those images were taken hand held with ambient light using a 30 yr old 50mm Planar T* f/1.7 MMJ Zeiss lens :-)
I love how you can see the reflections of my fluorescent lights in the drops of nectar.
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a plant for the masses one day. I am having a better time at growing the hybrids than the species outside in my odd HL conditions.
True Bugs really Suck
All hail Butch, patron saint of the tepuis -- and smoked meats . . .
“Sì perché l'autorità dell'opinione di mille nelle scienze non val per una scintilla di ragione di un solo . . ."
-- Galileo "Biff" Galilei
Alright...Prosopagnosia is "face blindness" - where the ability to recognize faces is impaired. But what do you call "pitcher blindness"? LOL
On a serious note, (and Butch knows I hold him in high regards)...could someone tell me what is so special about the Margarita? For record, I can't for the life of me tell the parents in hybrid Neps except primary ones like the hookeriana. HELP!
Truth as Circe. Error has transformed animals into men; is truth perhaps capable of changing man back into an animal?
One biggie that doesn't really require knowledge of the genus is the growth rate of margarita...
Here is a baby pic from late 2011 lol:
Seeds started to germinate on the 29th of June 2012
So we have a Heliamphora specimen that has gone from seed to a 6" tall adult in two years.
That alone can be considered very unique and special. Most written refs mention this as taking at least seven years.
No other sibling has approached anything close to this growth rate
As far as parental characteristics.... probably easiest if I just post pics of mommy and daddy
However, this pic of folliculata from cpphotofinder might illustrate my ref to the nectar spoon a little better:http://freespace.virgin.net/wb.sherren/DSCF6369.jpg
If you look at the parents, you can see hints of both... the color comes from parva but oddly enough, it's even more green... not what I expected at all.
The pitchers are covered with a very fine fuzz, again... parva influence
The aspect ratio of the pitcher seems to have some folliculata influence, but this is more subtle,
Shape of the pitcher... seems to be a combination of both.
In my plant rack of Heliamphora, it is very unique looking.... the fact that neither parent is overly obvious is a good thing isn't it?
Hope this helps a little
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mato and cindy, some characters for distinguishing Heliamphora taxa are:
hairs: presence, absence, size, type, density, location
anthers: number, size
spoon: presence, absence, size, attachment (this last is a newer focus)
Here are some old keys based on relatively old concepts and characters: http://www.cpukforum.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=7388
you can read some of the species descriptions and see the character based arguments the authors made (though one is always free to reject their interpretations):
Looks good Butch!
Do you fert your helis?
For a long time I did routine root fertilization, but no longer.
It worked well, but no better than pitcher feedings, and pitcher feeding doesn't have the negatives that root feeding has.
That said, I do try to maintain a reservoir TDS of about 30ppm, 0.00ppm is neither natural nor desirable IMHO
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