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.


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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