Friday, March 20, 2015

Utricularia longifolia putting on a show

It's been almost exactly a month since I first noticed a flower stalk on my Utricularia longifolia. Today is the first day with a fully open flower, and man is it pretty.

Utricularia longifolia flower.
Beautiful U. longifolia flower.
There are two stalks on the plant, and lots of buds forming.

Utricularia longifolia.
The stalk is 18 inches (~45 cm) tall!
Unfortunately, I'm dealing with a pretty serious aphid problem right now, and they keep finding their way onto these flower stalks. I've been spraying Take Down around my collection (on the recommendation of Damon Collingsworth at California Carnivores) and hopefully the aphids will get beaten back before they can do too much damage.

In the mean time though, let's look at other Utrics flowering in my collection, because Utricularia flowers are the coolest.

First up, Utricularia subulata and Utricularia calycifida from a recent post.

Utricularia subulata.
I like these U. subulata flowers more than the cleistogamous ones (obviously).
Utricularia calycifida.
U. calycifida looking elegant as usual.
Then a few from today – Utricularia livida, Utricularia bisquamata, and Utricularia sandersonii blue form.

Utricularia livida.
U. livida still blooming up a storm almost a year later.
Utricularia bisquamata.
U. bisquamata amongst the Drosera capensis red form (with a D. capensis 'Albino' weed as well).
Utricularia sandersonii blue form.
Angry bunnies and cleistogamous U. subulata flowers.
That U. sandersonii pot is a bit messy, but at least the angry bunnies are cute.

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