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Thread: Drosera graminifolia update

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    A couple of debts will be happily fufilled soon! Checking the smallest D. graminifolia seed pods, I have found seed set at last for this season! There isn't a great deal, but it is there! This is my first seed of this species, and it means a continuation and multiplication of the plant in my culture. I was bitterly disappointed that plants set no seed from the larger plants I grew from the same seedbatch despite over a dozen buds and hand pollination. Why this one plant decided to be fruitful is beyond me, but it is very good news indeed especially for friends in Australia who have no other option to acquire plants other than seed. Have a Foster's on me mates, and keep an eye on the mailboxes!

    Based on this good news it is now likely that within 2 years I will be able to begin to distribute these plants to good homes.
    This is one of those CP moments for me that make all the blood, sweat and tears all worthwhile. Less than two years ago the seed that my plants are from were in seed pods on plants on the tops of needles of rock sticking up in the clouds, deep in the middle of a rain forest in Brazil. It wasn't easy to come by the seed, to say the least. The wonder of it never ceases to grab me.

    Thanks to Robert Gibson and Fernando Rivadavia for sharing the seed collected on their 2002 expidition, and to Dr. John Brittnacher of the ICPS Seedbank for considering me a good bet. Their kindness will bring these plants to us all. My intention is to return triple the seed that was sent to me, to further support the ICPS generous seed donor incentive. In a few seasons I anticipate there will be much larger donations as the second generation in my stewardship matures and flowers. I want to see these rare and precious Brazillian Drosera species become as common as D. capensis.

    Just wanted to share the Joy!
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    That's great news William!!! (rubs hands together in anticipation)

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    Thought you'd get a rush from that, heh heh.
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    YAY! Congratulations!

    I'm glad you got some seed finally. Wonder what was different with that plant than the others...

    But I'm glad it was!
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    Very strange indeed since in the wild they set tons of seeds....

    Fernando Rivadavia

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    I would think that there is some pollinator doing the work. It could be that the pollen wasn't ready or the stigmas receptive at the time I chose to brush. Glad to have the seed though!
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    Congrats! Very expressive Tamlin... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] You mean self fertile...right?
    BTW, why'd go wondering
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    Quote[/b] ]on the tops of needles of rock sticking up in the clouds, deep in the middle of a rain forest in Brazil
    ? WEIRD...is right! Is the species a tropical

    Common as D.capensis? Uh...maybe just concentrate on distributing around your area first, my guess that this species would be more fragile than capensis (ie. less chance of producing seeds), but still, congrats on this breakthrough! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    I dunno Jason, the plant is a fast and willing grower. If it proves to be a good seed producer I see no reason why this species should remain a rare plant, if those that grow it produce and share the seed that is.
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