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    So, I’m wondering how many different varieties and localities are floating around out there Pics?? Anyone know what differentiates U. livida Betty’s beach?

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    I thought it was U. bisquamata (Betty's Bay). Here's a link to a topic earlier this summer:

    U. bisquamata pics

    Follow the links to the pictures. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    There is apparently also a U. livida Betty's Bay I have seen it listed for sale through at least 2 reputable growers...

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    I have never heard of U. livida "Betty's Bay". U. livida is found in South Africa, so I suppose it is possible, but if so, this form is not widely circulated. I am fairly up on who's who in Utricularia, and I have yet to encounter this form. This would be a case where one photo would be worth a thousand words.
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    Might have come from growers in Europe, it is listed on www.bestcarnivorousplants.com and also on www.exoticplantsplus.com... I just ordered it from Tony so Ill get a pic up as soon as it flowers [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    How many localities are you growing Tamlin?

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    anyone?

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    Hmmm, I have an all white with pale violet that I consider the typical form, a wider skirted form with a greenish eye reputedly from South Africa, another similar to the last called "Sp. Durban" and the form widely circulating as U. microcalyx, which has been determined to be U. livida on good authority. There is a supposed Mexican form I have seen photos of with significant variation from the forms I grow.


    Utricularia livida "Durban"


    Utricularia livida "Sp. South Africa"

    http://www.cpforums.org/gallery....umb.jpg


    Typical Form

    http://www.cpforums.org/gallery....umb.jpg


    The "Imposter" U. microcalyx, a likely U. livida form



    This is a widely distributed and highly variable species. We probably cultivate the merest percentage of the available variation, considering the number of attempts that have been made to describe these variations as new species.

    I have noticed a very great difference in the behavior of these clones in cultivation. The typical form is robust, producing dense growth. The other forms are far less generous with either their flowers or above ground parts in similar media and growing conditions.
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    Nice topic. Here are pics of the two forms i grow.. follow this ling: LINK

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