Winter and the carnivorous plant

Back in September I posted some photos of pollinated Sarracenia flava flowers.

The seed capsules have now ripened and split; the contents are ready for harvest.

Ripened seed capsule of Sarracenia flava

In this picture the parasol-like structure has been removed to expose the split and some of the seeds:

Seed capsule of Sarracenia flava with part of the structure removed.

Sarracenia leaves start to die back at this time of year. This Sarracenia flava leaf seems to have acquired a spider’s egg sac.

Dried Sarracenia flava leaf with spider eggball

The capsules don’t all ripen at the same time. If memory serves, these two flowers were hand-pollinated on the same morning.

Seed capsules of Sarracenia flava

The Nepenthes that got so severely sunburned last November have made a full recovery.

Some evidence of the damage persists (dried foliage at bottom right). I should probably cut the leaf off.

Nepenthes ventricosa, seven months on

Different views of the same N. maxima x fusca pitcher:

Pitcher of Nepenthes maxima x fusca

Pitcher of Nepenthes maxima x fusca

Nepenthes ventricosa in particular grew so fast that I had to replace the flimsy bamboo-and-wire shadehouse with a proper one made from angle iron. This new structure, which should provide adequate protection against drying winds and frost, is much more rigid but has a permanent list because the concrete slab on which it rests is not level.

Nepenthes ventricosa, now over a metre tall

Shade house for Nepenthes

And as everyone knows, if there’s room in a shadehouse you must absolutely make full use of it …

Shadehouse, top level. Nepenthes sanguinea in the foreground.

And what CP collection would be complete without a Venus flytrap?

Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula)

This VFT grows in full sun, exposed to the elements. I moved it from the bog-tub a couple of months ago because it had Drosera capensis growing around and over it, and it had lost its red colouring due to the lack of sunlight.

Drosera capensis


Date: 20 May 2010
Camera: Pentax K100D Super
Lens 1: Pentax DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED
Ambient light only.
Hand-held only.
Cropping and resizing in Irfanview.

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One Response to Winter and the carnivorous plant

  1. That picture of the Sarracenia with the spider eggs hanging from it, wow! Fantastic shot. Awesome find, thanks for capturing it.

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