Sunday, June 18, 2017

My Carnivorous Plants

Carnivorous plants are awesome.  Here in western Washington we can grow pretty much any of the Sarracenia (American pitcher plants) species and hybrids as well as a few others.  As a child I was fascinated with venus-fly-traps because they moved when catching prey.  In my adulthood I've discovered that some (maybe not all) of the pitcher plant species and hybrids are far better bug catchers and they have stolen my heart.  Since my "collection" of pitcher plants is growing I think I ought to keep a list of what I've got and what I think of it.  This is that list:

Sarracenia:
*S. alata var. rubrioperculata - This may have been a select named clone, but I didn't keep track of it.  Nice red color under the hood. Primary growing points seem to get winter damage here resulting in smaller pitchers being produced from side buds.  Will be keeping in greenhouse for now on.
*S. alata forma viridescens Washington Co, AL
*S. alata 'Red/Black' x (flava var. rugelii x purpurea) - The label actually said "BB" after purpurea which as far as I can tell may mean that that parent was actually a S. montana selection which was the only reference I could find to a "purpurea" called "BB" online.  The pitchers feel very sturdy and while the external colors are less intense I find the color under the hood and veining inside the pitchers to be very vibrant.  I expect it will prove to be an excellent bug catcher!
*S. (alata red/black x flava 'Kimber') x purpurea venosa
*S. leucophylla var. alba 'Hurricane Creek White' - Seedling from a cross of clone A & D.
*S. leucophylla (1) - Seedling from cross of clone AJ01 & 07-1, Of my two from this cross, this one has wider mouths and a duller color. 
*S. leucophylla (2) - Seedling from cross of clone AJ01 & 07-1, Of my two from this cross, thos one has a narrower mouth and a more vibrant color.
*S. leucophylla (Franklin Co clone B) x minor (pink hood) - Very cute with good strong color AND windowing!  Really becoming eye catching as it matures.
*S. x 'Flash'
*S. flava var. cuprea 'Chocolate Top' - Similar to a copper top type, but with stronger coloring.  I like it.  I plan to let mine become a large colony.  :)
*S. flava var. ornata 'Outlaw' Bay Co, FL - Sunning even as a small division.
*S. minor - Slightly coppery tops in full sun.  Windows not very pronounced, but present.
*S. minor var. okefenokeensis - Typical appearance for the variety.  Gets nice red cast near the top when in full sun.
*S. x moorei 'Adrian Slack' - Stand out
*S. [(oreophilla 'Sand Mountain' x flava) x (rosea x flava - aka 'Redman')] 'Nereid' - A newly named hybrid from Jerry Addington which is part of a series named after Neptune's moons.  It is a medium sized plant with fat upright red pitchers with a greenish hood with red veins.  It struck me as being more productive of nectar on the neck and around the hood than the average pitcher plant.  I was lucky to get one as it wasn't for sale, but Jerry broke off a growing point from one of his stock plants for me.  Thanks Jerry!
*S. oreophila 'North Sound' x S. flava 'Chocolate Top' - Large hybrid which I bought mistakenly thinking it was S. 'Doreen's Colossus' since it looked almost identical and I didn't check the label.  It shares the same parent species (but not the same parent clones).  I had actually picked out this one thinking of the available 'Doreen's Colossus' this was the nicest looking one.  The only visible difference between the two from what I can tell is that I somehow am more drawn to this one!  :)  We'll see if it looks the same or different later in the season.
*S. oreophilla x alata - I've noticed that this particular mix of genetics has produced an amazing yellow jacket catcher; to the point I think it is having a notable impact on the local yellow jacket population.
*S. psittacina x rubra? (aka S. xgilpinii?) or possibly S. courtii x alabamensis? - Mix of semi-prostrate & upright pitchers with lots of red.  Intermediate between a lobster trap and a regular pitcher trap so it seems rather ineffective at catching bugs.  The opening is rather pinched on most pitchers with only an occasional pitcher displaying a fully open pitcher trap that could effectively catch bugs.  Its appearance is stunningly beautiful though.  Perhaps in the future it will throw an equally beautiful seedling with more effective bug catching pitchers...
*S. purpurea x minor okefenokeensis - Mostly upright red pitchers with hood slightly more folded than open.  Under the right lighting you can see faint polka-dot windows.  Possibly a named variety for which I lost the name.  Evergreen.
*S. rubra ssp. ancestral anthocyanen free form Taylor Co, GA
*S. rubra ssp. gulfensis
*S. rubra ssp. rubra - small but vigorous quickly making a nice clump. Excellent catcher of wasps.
*S. rubra ssp. wherryi 'Chatom Giant' Washington Co, AL
*S. oreophila (selection referred to as "tall & vigorous") x flava v. maxima - So far this looks like a mini version of a mostly green S. flava which is strange.  I'd say maybe it needs to mature more except it already has many growth points.  Seems to be a good clumper.
*S. (leucophylla x flava 'Chocolate Top') x 'Dana's Delight' - Starts out pretty light and then darkens considerably with differing aged pitchers present together creating a good contrast.
*S. leucophylla x alata - Kind of an orangey tone on the elongated lids. 
*S. flava var. rugelii ("A"x"B"clone #2 from M. Wang) - fast grower.
*S. umlauftiana - Great color
*S. flava var. rubricorpora (Liberty Co, FL via M. Wang) - One of the two unnamed clones I got from M. Wang.
*S. flava var. rubricorpora (Liberty Co, FL via M. Wang) - One of the two unnamed clones I got from M. Wang.  This one has an semi-upright hood so the underside is more visible than the top.
*S. flava var. ornata - Bonus plant from M. Wang.  It's gorgeous.
*S. x 'Yellow Jacket'
(\/\/\/Seedlings\/\/\/)
*S. mystery seedling (A) - Found as seedling growing under a S. flava 'Chocolate Top' from Jerry Addington's nursery.  Parents could be just about anything, but guesses will come as it matures.
*S. mystery seedling (B) - Found as seedling growing under a S. flava 'Chocolate Top' from Jerry Addington's nursery.  Parents could be just about anything, but guesses will come as it matures.
*S. mystery seedling (C) - Found as seedling growing under a S. flava 'Chocolate Top' from Jerry Addington's nursery.  Parents could be just about anything, but guesses will come as it matures.
*S. purpurea ssp. venosa x (OP or maybe self) - Found as seedling in my own collection. 
*S. flava var. cuprea? mystery seedling (A) - found where I had scattered some S. f. v. c. seeds a couple years ago.  May or may not be from that group of seeds.  Time will tell.
*S. flava var. cuprea? mystery seedling (B) - found where I had scattered some S. f. v. c. seeds a couple years ago.  May or may not be from that group of seeds.  Time will tell.
(\/\/\/Planted out by the pond to fend for itself List\/\/\/)
*S. x complex hybrid - un-named hybrid with young pitchers green with red veins.  Pitchers age to full on deep dark red when the weather cools down.  Semi-evergreen, but floppy over winter.  Flowers red.

Drosera:
*D. filiformis - Typical
*D. capensis - Typical
*D. rotundifolia - Typical

Dionaea muscipula:
*D. 'Red Dragon' - Very red form
*D. 'Pinnacle Giant'

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