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    was sorting some of my photos yesterday, and found a nice pic of Utricularia bisquamata 'Betty's Bay':


    The history of this plant is that I collected some unknown Utric seed heads from (literally) the back garden of a friend's house in Betty's Bay, near Hermanus, South Africa around December 1984. I germinated these and up came this large flowered form of bisquamata. It never seems to set seed for me, so it is not invasive like the standard, small-flowered form.
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    Very nice flower, and I'm glad now to know the story of this plant! Now I just need to get my hand on one

    In comparison to the 'normal' flower form, what is the size ratio between both flowers? Thanks for sharing!

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    I don't grow the small flowered form, but this flower is about 1cm across, will check when it starts flowering again
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    Wow, what beautiful flowers!!!!!!!!! I'm amazed, it's really spectacular! In fact, I even wonder if it truly is this species, especially because I know very little of African Utric taxonomy. Who identified it and on what basis?

    Anyways, it's a beauty, hope it gets widespread in cultivation, if it isn't yet...

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    It was identified by Peter Taylor of Kew, who wrote 'The Genus Utricularia', so a reliable source! It resembles the standard form in colour, but with a very wide corolla. Taylor says it is a very polymorphic species, and the flower size is well within the range given for the species.

    See Vic's photo of a whole potfull in this thread:
    http://www.cpukforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3343
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    I am no stranger to polymorphism within species, mostly because of my taste for seeing plants in the wild and comparing them to clones in cultivation. I was just wondering who had identified your clone and how, especially because the African Utrics are so unknown. I guess if Peter Taylor himself said they were U.bisquamata, then it almost certainly is this plant.
    Congrats on finding and growing this beauty!

    Fernando Rivadavia

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    Hmmmph, what does Peter Taylor know? Besides, he's likely to have been half blind after looking at little baldder thingys when he should have been out drinking beer.

    I can confirm that this is the "Bett'y Bay" type plant, and it is a remarkably pretty flower. I have a whole pot of them in flower at present: says so right there on my lable, heh heh.

    It looks very much like the smaller flower form, although more "puffy" in the middle.
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