Nepenthes maxima x (thorelii x khasiana)

Monday, 27 March 2017
N. maxima x (thorelii x khasiana), cutting 1, smiling at its own reflection

N. maxima x (thorelii x khasiana), cutting 1, smiling at its own reflection

This one’s a curious beast: a plant and its scions with so much variability in the pitchers — and similarities too!

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N. maxima x (thorelii x khasiana) upper pitcher, cutting 2

The cuttings are actually fully established now, and between 1 and 2 years old.

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A mystery Nepenthes #3: Finale

Sunday, 26 March 2017
Mystery nepenthes

Mystery nepenthes

The pitcher is now fully mature, I think. Is it not pretty?

There is a layer of very short, fine hair on the lid.

There is a layer of very short, fine hair on the lid.

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A mystery Nepenthes #2: Opening day

Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Mystery Nepenthes

Mystery Nepenthes

Twenty-four hours ago the mystery Nepenthes was still keeping its lid resolutely shut. Did it grow a little between the first photo session and Monday’s observation? Possiblemaybeperhaps.

 

Then it popped in the night.

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A mystery Nepenthes

Saturday, 18 March 2017
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Front of pitcher

A friend gave me this Nepenthes hybrid one or two years ago, when it was much smaller. I put it under a shelf in the shadehouse — there was nowhere else to move it to — until last December, when it got a repot (sphagnum moss peat and perlite) and a brighter growing area. There were no pitchers at the time.

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Singapore 2013: #07 S.E.A. Aquarium, Sentosa, Part 1

Thursday, 9 February 2017

The S.E.A. Aquarium on Sentosa is one of those places I could visit again and again and …

Maybe one day, eh? For now, here are some photos with minimal commentary because I really can’t identify most of the fantastic marine life. We’ll start with the jellyfish.

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Moon jellyfish (Aurelia sp.)

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Spider day: Eriophora transmarina (again)

Sunday, 5 February 2017
Eriophora transmarina, ventral view

Eriophora transmarina

With summer comes a host of these Australian Garden Orb Weaver spiders. They weave their very large webs at night and go hide during the day until alerted to the presence of prey.

Eriophora transmarina, dorsal view

You like my face. You know you do.

This big cutie built its web on the hills hoist on a hot windless day in March 2013. That was nice.

One of its relatives has decided that the main entrance to my house is an appropriate place for its home, and I keep walking into it. That is annoying.

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Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, 2016 #3: Devil and echidna

Saturday, 30 July 2016
Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii)

Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii)

More photos from the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park!

Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)

Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)

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