Hi Folks, another Drosera originating from a single mountain population in Brazil was described earlier this week! It can grow to 5 feet tall and catch dragonflies!
Interesting thing about this find is this beautiful species was first noticed back in 2012 by an amateur botanist but not discovered by taxonomists as a new species until its photo was seen on Facebook.
This is a very pretty plant, Fernando shared a lot of great photos on the ICPS facebook group and in a couple of other places. The size they attain is just incredible.
Seeds were (legally!) collected, and apparently there's already germination in Europe, so we'll see how long it takes to make it over here. Hopefully it'll be an easy grower, unlike some of the more fickle stem forming SA Drosera.
Ask not what sundew can dew for you but what you can dew for sundew.
Like peat said, there are several growers that have seed from this plant that plan on producing seed to spread around the world. I know of at least one grower that plans on giving away free seed. It will help ease any pressure from potential seed collectors.
It's good to see the illustrator for the pub finally got the drawings done (that was a big contributor to the lag between the photos on ICPS and the actual publication coming out). It's a nice looking plant! I hope the Brazilians are working to preserve it (though it lives on a mountain that has some protection already).
-Alex Director of Conservation, Research & Education International Carnivorous Plant Society
dvg: Sarra's safe inside
Mar 31, 2019 20:40:58 GMT -5
bonfield: I've decided to finally reveal my best-kept secret for growing healthy Neps: Just spit on them every few days, the enzymes in saliva help them to better absorb the fertilizer I spray them with!
Apr 1, 2019 14:24:31 GMT -5
dvg: Salivating up your drools?
Apr 1, 2019 16:30:07 GMT -5
dvg: Duped again on April Fool's!
Apr 1, 2019 16:30:45 GMT -5