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    Yes I suspect it is too wet considering its roots look designed for water storage. I have not done alot of playing around with Drosera as my space for them is limited and catering to many different types of culture is difficult on a large commercial scale.
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    what is that large drosera in the pic that was in the article that tamlin posted?

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    Joel,
    If you mean Robert Gibsons article, the plant is Drosera glabripes.



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    Here is a link to Obermeyer's key to the South African Drosera species.

    http://www.omnisterra.com/botany/cp/...osera/0075.htm



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    The flowers of South African Droseras are apparently very good in helping to identify the species.
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    My brain just popped. Suddenly the world of VFT seems very simple, lol. I am wondering, has anyone tried naming plants via seed pictures from under say an electron microscope? It seems to me that many plants may look differn't as plants according to conditions, but their seeds will remain the same. Seems like a good idea to at least try. Uh, I have to stop coming up with reserch ideas, I have 7.75 years left of school still *shutter*
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    Hi Darcie,

    I am working on an online reference of digital micro scans of droserae seed coats in mutual research with the Senior Seed Analyst at the Idaho State Herbarium. You are right, for many species the seed is very diagnostic! An electron microscope isn't needed to see the seed details, just a good 25x lens or one of those microscopes that come in hobby packages for kids. The bad news is that for some of the South African species, the seed testa details are alike for several species (natalensis/aliciae) (nidiformis/dielsiana). Generally though seed coats are very useful: they can save a grower from wasting time on falsely identified species. The ID problem is *huge* regarding this genus, and I hope my reference will be useful to hobbiests and commercial dealers. I hope in time to expand the project to also include digital scans of the stipules, flowers and scapes which are also often used to identify the species. My challenge is to locate and confirm the ID of the seed that is being scanned by my associate. This pretty much means finding people in various countries where the plants are native that can access the populations, and provide collection data along with the needed seed. It's slow going - so far we have recorded some 20 species, and there is seed waiting to be scanned. There has been a wonderful response from most of the CP community for the work.
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    Hi there:

    I am new to this forum, but seems everyone is talking about the south african drosera, I thought this may be a good place to ask.

    I am sorry if I have changed the flow of the discussion... But I have recently purchased 6 packets of Drosera regia seeds and have no luck of getting them germinated, can anyone help me with this? Apparently, some chap had bought 10 packets and are not having much luck either... However, the person who sold us the seeds is a very reliable source, he deals only in good seeds, so quality would not be an issue.

    Regard

    Kupo




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