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    Hi everyone,

    A couple of days ago I payed a visit to one of my favourite CP spots to check out how the Drosera were coming along.

    The place is found near the small town of Anglesea which is on the coast in the far south east corner of Australia. The area is a large tract of Eucalypt heathland vegetation which is renowned for its extensive populations of CPs and orchids.

    Thought that I'd share a few photos of my day out.

    Firstly, a photo of a beautifully colored Drosera glanduligera. The plant was growing in full sun on the side of a shallow depression. Unfortunately it was a cloudy day and the flowers weren't open-

    [img]http://home.**********.com/kirstyspence/images/Drosera%20glanduligera2%20Anglesea%20071003.JPG[/img]

    Next, a small colony of Drosera pygmaea plants growing very close to the D. glanduligera. You can see small plants growing from this seasons gemmae up the top of the image. If you look closely you can also see flowerscapes appearing on a couple of the plants- particularly the one on the right-

    [img]http://home.**********.com/kirstyspence/images/Drosera%20pygmaea%20Anglesea%20071003.JPG[/img]

    Drosera auriculata was found growing and flowering absolutely everywhere. This is one of the plants with an open flower-

    [img]http://home.**********.com/kirstyspence/images/Drosera%20auriculata2%20Anglesea%20071003.JPG[/img]

    Finally, a shot of Drosera peltata growing in a mowed area on the side of the road beside Eucalypt heathland-

    [img]http://home.**********.com/kirstyspence/images/Drosera%20peltata%20in%20foreground%20Anglesea%20071003.JPG[/img].

    And for anybody who's interested I've included a shot of one of the bizarre native orchids (Pterostylis plumosa) that grew with many of the CPs-

    [img]http://home.**********.com/kirstyspence/images/Pterostylis%20plumosa4%20Anglesea%20071003.JPG[/img]

    Not a bad day at all.

    Regards,

    Sean.

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    Not a bad day?! I wish to have a day like that lol! Every field trip I make with a new discovery is a REALLY happy day, but a fieldtrip in Australian Outback looking for plants or herborizing would be heaven!

    You should have seen me when I first found Pinguicula vulgaris in the wild the summer, for the first time... Never been happier for all the summer! But if I had saw such beauties that are on your pics, I would dance like crazy [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img].

    Very nice shots!

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    Hey Tom,

    I guess I take for granted the opportunity to see CP species throughout the year down here in Australia. I tell you what though, I'd kill to see a Pinguicula species in the wild some day- I reckon I would be dancing myself!

    Regards,

    Sean.

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    Cool. No wonder they are considerd the most beautiful. Ive been looking for a while for some Tuberous Sundews. Does any one have any seeds or bulbs for trade? Does any one know of a good source for seed or tubers (in the northern hemisphere)?
    Very Beautiful pictures..

    YtK

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    Very cool pictures. I know we all appreciate sooooo much the time and effort you take to go out looking for those beautiful plants and sharing your pics.

    That orchid is strange, I would have never guessed it was an orchid. Is that a picture of the flower or leaves? Is the flower open?

    I love Eucalyptus trees we have some species all over the place here in Los Angeles. My favorite is the species with circular leaves, I call them silver dollars. I also love bottle brush trees, those feathery, red (flowers?) are fantastic.

    Thanx again for the pics, please don't stop sharing.

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    That is such a bizarre thought...peltata growing along a roadside like a weed. lol Well, I guess it is a weed. A highly desirable weed! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Sean...with plants that are considered "rare", at least by people who live in areas where they don't grow (like the U.S.), is poaching a big problem? You see those plants growing along a roadside and my thought would be, how many people would jump out of their cars and dig them up? Either to grow or sell. To me its an amazing sight and it looks like it would be so easy for someone to take them.

    How DO people react to seeing that? Do they drive by because they don't know what it is or do people in Australia generally know its Sundew Heaven and recognize the species?

    Thats not something I can grasp in my head...I've never seen a wild CP of any sort. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]

    BTW...beautiful trees!

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    Is glanduligera a pygmy sundew?

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    D.glanduligera is not a pygmy drosera.

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