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Thread: In search of the Red Drosera capensis

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    I am often swapping plants, and stories with other CP growers. Here is an image of one that has really been amazing. I swapped this red Drosera capensis with Tamlin. He sent me one of his "strain" of red Drosera capensis and I sent him one of mine.

    I wonder if they are derived from the same parents?

    When I first received this plant from Tamlin the original leaves were dirty from the shipping process, so I removed them and placed them into a glass of water --- a few weeks later I planted out about 16 plants which had sprouted from the severed leaves. I planted the "mother" plant into a small 2-1/4 inch square pot, where it still remains: see photo below.

    This plant has opened about 6 of 14 buds on the primary flower stalk, yet is already growing a second flower stalk. A few weeks earlier I had sprinkled bloodworms on a couple of its leaves, and soon afterward I noticed a rapid growth increase and the plant began its first inflorescence.





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    I don't know how you do it, PinguiculaMan! 16 plantlets? Anyways, that is a beautiful plant and I congratulate you on a job well done! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] You mentioned that they were under 'strong light' but what exactly is the photoperiod, and what type of light?

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    If it weren't for the fact that the seed is fertile, I would suspect that this is a hybrid between D. affinis and D. capensis. Even so, this cross may produce fertile seed so it is worthy of consideration I think.

    I have D. affinis seed from Nambia now, and hope to test my theory in a year or so, provided the seed germinates. I am assured it is the true D. affinis, so it should make for an interesting experiment.



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    I don't know if this will be of much help but I have a plant I recieved as D. capensis 'red' It is winter here now (to it's full extent) and it's not showing the very nice tinge to it, but older leaves particularly near the lower right hand corner can still be seen showing off the color it does get.


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    SnowyFalcon,

    Media: Redwood bark layer on bottom of pot 3/8-1/2 inches deep --- LFS filling the remainder of the pot loosly.

    Lighting: Three, dual tube, 4 foot, fluorescent light fixtures, installed with the cheapest 40 watt cool white fluorescent tubes. Lights about 6 inches above plants -- I guide flowers that grow higher between the fluorescent fixtures.

    Photoperiod: 6pm -- 9am (15 hours/day).
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    Thank you PinguiculaMan. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Below is a photo of the tray containing the first crop of propagules mentioned in opening post. At this rate it won't be long before these catch up with the "mother" plant. By the way, these are planted in 100% Sphagnum peat moss about a 1-1/4 inch layer with a 3/8 inch layer of 1/4 inch pumice pieces lining the bottom of the tray.:





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    nepenthes gracilis,

    Perhaps yours is even the same type as the Red Drosera capensis in this thread. Seems that the leaf length is very similar.




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