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    (I have posted this on the UK forum, but thought *others may be interested. rest of discussion is there,

    As requested by Richard...
    I discovered this form of Utricularia bisquamata in South Africa in early 1985. The standard Utricularia bisquamata has very small flowers only a few millimetres high, whereas the 'Betty's Bay' form has much larger flowers up to about 1 cm. The flower has a bright yellow palate with a large lilac lower lip. Betty's Bay is the place where I found it, and is just east of False Bay near Cape Town in South Africa. I first found it in a friend's back garden where it was growing in damp peaty soil in amongst tall grasses and Zantedeschias beside a stream. It was not flowering at the time, just seedheads, so I did not realise what I had until I grew them on. Also growing amongst the grasses was Drosera trinervia. This large form of Utricularia bisquamata was quite common in the area, and I also found it growing with Drosera capensis in a small peaty flush virtually on the clifftops close to the sea about a mile away. The Drosera capensis here were very very dark purple which was due to the intense sunlight as the colour did not remain in cultivation. An interesting observation is that capensis in the wild only has two or three leaves on it at a time. Other sundews I found nearby were what I thought was Drosera cunefolia and a definite Drosera glabripes which was scrambling through some fynbos vegetation in very dry conditions. Unfortunately most of these locations are now covered in housing! Utricularia bisquamata used to be known as Utricularia capensis. The Betty's Bay cultivar is sometimes mislabelled as Betties Bay, Bay giant or giant Bay. Sorry Richard, I don't have any photos of the plants in the wild, but I will put a link up for some slides I have of cultivated plants if I can find them.
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