Monday, January 5, 2015

Tuberous sundews: A Beginning

I took a trip to California Carnivores today! Or rather, I took a trip to Bodega Bay today, and went by California Carnivores on my way home. I had a gift card burning a hole in my pocket and I knew what I wanted.

Tuberous sundews.

New plants from California Carnivores.
New plants from California Carnivores – always a happy sight.
A grower over on Terra Forums recently posted an amazing growing guide to tuberous sundews, including picture after picture of his collection. It made me eager to get started, even though I'm squeezing for every last square inch under my grow lights at the moment.

Both of the tuberous sundews I got are in section Stolonifera, which are among the more erect species. All tuberous 'dews are cool, but the upright species always stood out to me compared to the scrambling or rosetted species. This is Drosera rupicola.

Drosera rupicola.
And so it begins.
I liked the color, and the leaf shape is pretty nice. It's looking a little bit messy since I trimmed down the sporangia in the pot.

I'm really excited to have picked up this Drosera ramellosa. It has a really wonderful, whimsical shape.

Drosera ramellosa.
The green makes it harder to see, but this is a very cool looking plant.
I'm hoping it'll get a bit more compact under my lights so that it can stand upright without getting floppy.

I also grabbed this little pot of Pinguicula esseriana because look how cute.

Pinguicula esseriana.
These pings are so tiny they're getting lost in the Utricularia bisquamata.
Pings are really too cute.

It was a fun day!


  1. Very cool purchase. Eager to see how they look in a couple months after some time to adjust to your conditions! I've got an esseriana as well back in October and I love those little guys.

    1. P. esseriana is so cute. I love the tiny scalloped leaves.

  2. Good luck with the tuberous drosera! I've wanted to get one of those so badly! Have you seen D. Gigantea? It's a sundew tree!

    1. D. gigantea is amazing. It's apparently a bit harder to cultivate, but must be well worth the effort.