Saturday, November 28, 2015

What's blooming in winter?

It's not officially winter yet, but we've gotten the first real chill in California this last week. Let's see what's blooming in spite of the – relative – cold (it's still California, after all).

Pinguicula emarginata and Pinguicula lusitanica are both putting up blooms.

Pinguicula emarginata with bud.
The venation in this flower is even visible before it opens.
Pinguicula lusitanica with bud.
There you go little guy!
P. emarginata is extremely floriferous, and it's got wonderful flowers. I like having it in my collection! The P. lusitanica is a very healthy specimen I got from Josh, and I'm hoping it'll set seed with this bloom, rather than just dying like my last one did.

The alien and adorable Utricularia pubescens has a solitary bloom right now.

Utricularia pubescens.
Funny little flower.
Unfortunately the sporangia outnumber the flower stalks in this pot. Fortunately, the U. pubescens flowers are cool as heck.

My Byblis liniflora keeps making new blooms, but I've yet to collect any seed from it.

Byblis liniflora.
B. liniflora is so delicate-looking.
For whatever reason these guys just aren't making any fruit/seeds. It's still a great plant, but I need to get seed before it dies off. Oh well, I can enjoy it for now at least!

There are a couple other plants blooming right now that I've yet to get seed from: Drosera venusta and Drosera madagascariensis.

D. spiralis with D. venusta flower stalk.
This flower stalk is much too long.
Drosera madagascariensis flower stalk.
Good luck little guy.
That D. venusta stalk is super long and dangly. As you can see, it's insinuated itself among the Drosera spiralis. There might be some seed setting in the spent buds, but I can't tell. The D. madagascariensis might have a better shot this time around, since it's in full scramble, and will be able to support itself on the media once the stalk gets too long. We'll see.

One plant that I'm betting on heavily for seed is this Drosera capensis red form. It's gotten several significant feedings, and it's rewarding me with a fat crop of buds.

Drosera capensis red for flower stalk.
A lot more to come here.
Josh has said that this form of D. capensis is the only one that occasionally fails to set seed for him, but I think that this flower stalk at least is chugging away – I'm pretty sure there's some seed swelling in the oldest buds. The tough thing will be to avoid bumping it while it finishes blooming out.

Drosera aliciae and Drosera anglica CA × HI are both blooming for the first time in a while, and I'm excited to get some seed from them.

Drosera aliciae with flower stalk.
Haven't seen this one in a while!
Drosera anglica CA × HI.
I need to do something about this corner.
The D. aliciae that live in the community pot always seem to struggle with humic acid buildup, which makes their growth stall, but I'm not sure what to do about it. Eventually it clears up and growth starts again. I should feed this guy to get a nice crop of seed. The D. anglica is sitting over in the former quarantine tray, and is bending towards the light (the bulbs should be replaced soon).

Finally, there's a flower open on some Drosera omissa.

Drosera omissa with flower.
If you're not growing pygmies yet you should start this season.
As you can see, this species is a very enthusiastic bloomer. It's funny, I've only gotten a few species of pygmies to flower. D. omissa flowers the most readily, and I've also gotten blooms on D. leucostigma, D. allantostigma, and D. helodes. However, I've never flowered D. scorpioides, or D. pulchella, or any of the other species that are otherwise doing so well. It's curious.

The gemmae are ripening though :-D


  1. Looking very good! I got the seeds in the mail by the way and sowed them last evening. I hope mine made it to you alright. Great photos as always- I too run into trouble sometimes with flower stalks getting too close to the lights so I raised my lights up a bit and I don't notice any difference in the plants; but have been able to save all my stalks. I do like that "dramatic" pic haha, it looks like you've opened a hatch leading into a strange and exotic world.

    1. Yep your seeds arrived fine as well. For me, if something is flowering that I want to be sure to get seeds from I try to position it so the flower stalk goes up between the lights. It doesn't always work though!

  2. Hey its me Ivan. Just wanted to say I really appreciate the time you take to make these blog posts, I always have tons of fun reading them. Also my drosera omissa flower often as well. I bet you 99% that if you snip those stalks and crush the dried flowers you will find seed in there. Although mine self fertilized I haven't tried germinated the seeds, so I can't say if they are viable or not, but they are worth a shot!