User Tag List

Informational! Informational!:  0
Likes Likes:  1
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 8 of 15

Thread: Byblis dewdrops photos - the actual version

  1. #1
    Moderator Cindy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Singapore
    Posts
    2,435
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Byblis dewdrops photos - the actual version

    For the past 10 months, I had the good fortune of being able to grow and flower 2-7 plants of each of the seven tropical Byblis species.

    At first, I noticed that there seemed to be some variation between each species in terms of the how their leaves looked in very bright light. But being an apartment CP grower with no interest in taxonomy, I soon went back to pure appreciation of these beautiful plants glistening in the tropical afternoon sun.

    However, during one conversation with Greg Allen about these plants, he mentioned that he too noticed how different the tentacles and dew drops looked for different species. That's it! I couldn't quite pinpoint what was different but he hit the nail on the head!

    Upon taking a closer look at my own plants and by going through as many photos of other growers as I can, I photographed the leaves of each species, hoping to capture the following features.
    1. distribution of tentacles (number of tentacles per unit length)
    2. length of tentacles (compared to thickness of leaf)
    3. size of dew drops (with respect to the length of tentacles)

    The photographs were taken from flowering adult plants. They are not representative of all leaves of all species and forms.

    Some of the features observed (pls click on species name to go to respective albums).
    B. guehoi (AL13) and B. guehoi (RES) – most dense in terms of distribution of tentacles, tentacles of varying lengths (rather extreme, very short and very long)
    B. aquatica (AL1) – tentacles distribution rather sparse, tentacles of similar lengths and the largest dew drops with respect to length of tentacles
    B. rorida (AL20) and B. rorida (AL21) – distribution of tentacles more dense than B. aquatica, large dew drops, tentacles of 2-3 lengths but not too different
    B. filifolia (AL7) and B. filifolia (Pago giant, GA) – tentacles of rather similar lengths, dew drops size varies between forms but never as large as rorida
    B. liniflora (AL18) – tentacles of varied lengths (like B. guehoi) but not as many tentacles per unit length, dew drop size is similar to B. filifolia

    Other photos
    B. sp. Pilbara (AL22) - tentacles distribution, density and dew drop size are significantly different from other species
    B. guehoi x 'Goliath' - somewhat in-between the different species?

    Interestingly...
    Most species - tentacles close to the stem tend to be of more similar lengths than those further away; very obvious for B. guehoi.
    There is variation between the 3 features observed on the leaf and the pedicel! And between a seedling, a young plant and a flowering plant! Those will be next year's projects...if I can "immunise" myself to Byblis pollen, having developed an allergy to it due to last year's eagerness to manually-pollinate every flower I see.

    In summary
    Perhaps leaf features could be used in conjunction with flower features for distinguishing between species? I'll leave that to the experts. Meanwhile, let me go back to enjoying the remaining of the annual species at my balcony in the setting sun...before they too disappear for the year...

    Cheers!
    Last edited by Cindy; 10-22-2012 at 05:57 AM.
    Cindy

  2. #2
    Moderator Cindy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Singapore
    Posts
    2,435
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hi peeps,

    It's been two years and I am back to growing all the tropical species of Byblis again! Currently, B. liniflora and B. guehoi have got flower buds, with B. aquatica at less than 1" tall. Yes, that is one inch and not one foot. It is really s....l........o.....w........ compared to the rest although they all germinated within the same 1-2 weeks. There are also two B. rorida plants which look significantly different.

    So for those interested in the sticky bits and tentacles, please sit back and enjoy the first round of photos. Do compare and contrast too with the photos I posted two years ago as the B. liniflora, B. guehoi and B. filifolia are of new location data. B. rorida and B. "Pilbara" have the same location data but they are directly from the source and not seeds from my own crosses.

    Byblis stems

    Byblis middle of leaves

    Byblis leaf ends
    Last edited by Cindy; 06-23-2014 at 06:25 PM.
    Cindy

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    Hacienda Heights, CA USA
    Posts
    1,374
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I like the tentacle length variation on Byblis guehoi the most, especially for the plants in your most recent post. It makes the tentacles look more sparse as opposed to something like liniflora. How long have your current plants been growing? I had some Byblis liniflora randomly appear in one of my pots a few weeks ago and my plants are all less than an inch tall.

  4. #4
    Moderator Cindy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Singapore
    Posts
    2,435
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hi Tanukimo,

    The seeds germinated between beginning and end of April, so that's 2-3 months.

    Here's a pic of the plants. From left to right: B. "Pilbara", B. rorida, B. liniflora, B. guehoi and B. filifolia
    Cindy

  5. #5
    Lotsa blue bluemax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Vancouver, Washington State
    Posts
    2,155
    Mentioned
    8 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    'Very cool seeing the Byblis species compared, Cindy! I love them all but I intend to try growing B. guehoi one of these days. Is B. filifolia generally the largest of the group or is that more a matter of age?
    - Mark

  6. #6
    Moderator Cindy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Singapore
    Posts
    2,435
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hi Mark,

    The filifolia in the pic above is about 1-2 weeks older than the guehoi. But from what I observed, B. filifolia generally does seem to be the tallest and the largest from leaf tip to leaf. However, when B. guehoi branches, it would be the widest across the whole plant.
    Cindy

  7. #7
    Moderator Cindy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Singapore
    Posts
    2,435
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Another two albums...

    Byblis Preys

    Byblis Flower Buds
    Last edited by Cindy; 06-29-2014 at 03:54 AM.
    Cindy

  8. #8
    Moderator Cindy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Singapore
    Posts
    2,435
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    All the species are now flowering (except Mr Aquatica) and the following are the albums for each of them. I'll continue to upload photos until each species set seeds, so do pop by and check them out from time to time.

    If I do try and hybridise them (having survived getting species seeds with the help of nasal filters for pollen allergies...), I'll update the outcomes in a separate thread.

    Byblis sp. Pilbara

    Byblis filifolia (F8)

    Byblis guehoi (G14)

    Byblis liniflora (L18)

    Byblis rorida (R20)

    Byblis rorida (R21)
    Last edited by Cindy; 07-03-2014 at 02:23 AM.
    Cindy

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •