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    Very interesting and nice pictures. Are those white stem part of this plant? It probably developed with the pygmys when the earth was still pangea correct?
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    Boy, that's one heap of elitism you're spewing there. If its not in general cultivation then I think pretty much everyone classifies as a beginner with this species and nobody is a "real expert". I also imagine that "experts" have batches of seed that do not germinate and plants that do not grow well or do not grow at all. I have been a grower since the early 70"s and certainly would not consider myself an expert at any of these plants. Also if you want to bring in the topic of conservation, lets not worry as much about providing plants for the masses as doing something to protect the original locations.

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    Hey Buster, you are certainly right in saying we're all beginners when it comes to this species, since nobody really knows how it will behave in cultivation. That's why I'm taking no risk and am doing my best to see that it gets spread as widely as possible...

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    buster i also agree you are absolutly correct but would like to add one point. if someone has been growing the more difficult species for a long time they are more likely to have success. im not saying someone who has never grown anything from seed will not succeed in germinating them its just more unlikely. hey look at me i have had great luck growing all kinds of species but i cant keep a VFT alive to save my life and cant seem to germinate Nepenthes seed either although most any type of Drosera ive tried i have had great luck. anyways ill wait and see if anyone else can get them started than i will do my best to talk them out of a plant [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (buster1 @ Nov. 30 2004,4:08)]Boy, that's one heap of elitism you're spewing there. If its not in general cultivation then I think pretty much everyone classifies as a beginner with this species and nobody is a "real expert". I also imagine that "experts" have batches of seed that do not germinate and plants that do not grow well or do not grow at all. I have been a grower since the early 70"s and certainly would not consider myself an expert at any of these plants. Also if you want to bring in the topic of conservation, lets not worry as much about providing plants for the masses as doing something to protect the original locations.
    That's not elitism. Jan is just worried that the seed will get into the hands of those who will more than likely kill them. Considering the amount of time and effort that has been required to rediscover the species and collect seed, this would be a shame.

    Of course the fact that noone has yet grown the species means that nobody is an expert, however those who have experience in growing other members of the South American group (which are not common- both the plants themselves and the growers) will undoubtedly have a greater likelihood of raising them to maturity and maintaining them. After all, they are no D. capensis or spatulata.

    Good luck to all those who do manage to get their hands on some of this precious seed.

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    Also add that those with experience in growing CPs in-vitro will give this species more chances of becoming widespread in collections sooner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (UtricSeb @ Dec. 02 2004,7:58)]Also add that those with experience in growing CPs in-vitro will give this species more chances of becoming widespread in collections sooner.
    Thanks Sean & Seb!

    That was the point. If the seeds taken from the wild are raised only by the more experienced growers, many of them will get more seeds/plants which they can share then. Because experienced growers will be more successful, the broad mass of growers can get those plants/seeds faster.

    For myself I would say that I lack experience in growing South American plants and didn't want to be one of the first generation growers. But I think I am an advanced sundew grower (main interest are AU species). So it not elitism, I exclude myself... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

    Good growing,
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    Hi guys,

    Keep in mind that D.meristocaulis is the exception to the rule... This wonderful species, although South American, is much more closely related to Australian species, resembling very much a pygmy Drosera. So who knows what it will be like in cultivation? I say you should all have a go at it! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

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