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!

Cutting 2

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
mystery-nep-01

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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Mount Tomah Botanic Garden (2013)

Sunday, 10 March 2013
Little wattlebird Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)

Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)

If you’re making your annual trip to the “Plants With Bite” Display and Fair at the Mount Tomah Botanic Garden in the Blue Mountains, you really should take some time to walk through the gardens as well, especially if the weather is good. The place is beautifully maintained and full of interesting plants and wildlife.

These photos are the result of an hour’s walk-and-stalk. Weather: warm and very slightly hazy, with high cloud and bright sunlight.

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“Plants With Bite” 2012, Mount Tomah

Monday, 14 May 2012

Cephalotus follicularis

This year’s Plants With Bite show at Mount Tomah took place, if I remember correctly, in the first two weeks of March.

The lovely four-year-old seed-grown Cephalotus follicularis above was sold within half an hour of being put on display. I should know; I bought it.

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Carnivorous plants in macro

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Cephalotus follicularis

These are the first few pictures taken with my new Sigma 50mm macro lens. Hooray!

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