June Meeting

Our AGM was held at the June meeting. The 2018-2019 committee members can be found on the Committee page of our website. We would like to thank the outgoing committee for their contribution to running the society. Notably Gordon Ohlenrott has stepped down from his position co-ordinating the society's publications and journal distribution. Gordon has been a long serving member of the VCPS committee and we are very grateful the contribution he has made to the society. We would like to welcome Brendan Bok to the committee, who will now be publications and journal distribution coordinator. After over a decade in the role, Steve Fretwell has stepped down as Journal Editor. Steve has done an outstanding job in this position, creating a high quality, modern journal for the society. David Petch will be taking over from Steve as the society's new Journal Editor.

Topic plants for the meeting were open to any genera. Sean brought several stunning tuberous Drosera into the meeting. His Drosera erythrorhiza was voted plant of the night. It was a colourful, well grown plant but interestingly it was producing a carnivorous leaves on the flower stem. Also benched was a pot of Drosera macrophylla that was producing an impressive number of flower stems and a very colourful pot of Drosera colina.

The plants benched at the June meeting included:

Drosera collina
Drosera erythrorhiza
Drosera gracilis
Drosera macrophylla
Drosera squamosa
Drosera whittakeri

Plant of the night: Drosera erythrorhiza.

Drosera collina.

Drosera macrophylla.


May Meeting

The discussion topics for the May meeting were growing conditions and best and worst plants. This meeting topic lets members learn about how others are growing their plants and not only allows us show off our successes but also give us a chance to discuss why things go wrong. Our members grow their plants under a range of conditions, each presenting their own advantages and challenges. A lot of the people at the meeting were growing their plants in greenhouses. Greenhouses provide extra humidity and protection from harsh weather which many plants enjoy, however, issues such as overheating during summer and reduced airflow need to be overcome. Melbourne's climate is ideal for growing many temperate to subtropical carnivorous plants outside and most members were growing at least some of their plants outdoors. A few members were also growing plants in indoor terrariums, which can be a great way to grow plants that require warm conditions without the costly expense of maintianing a hothouse.

Amongst the 'best plants' brought in to the meeting, Sean's Roridula gorgonias was voted plant of the night. This South African species forms a symbiotic relationship with assassin bugs, which feed on the insects the plant catches and in turn fertilise the plant with their droppings. The pot Sean brought in contained 3 flowering plants. Sean's Byblis gigantea was voted runner up plant of the night. Sean recently pruned his plant back and it has now produced several growing points and was starting to flower. Also nominated for plant of the night was Sean's Drosera macrophylla, which was producing several flower stems and Steves Nepenthes hamata, which was growing and pitchering well.

The plants benched at the May meeting included:

Byblis gigantea
Cephalotus follicularis
Drosera aff bulbosa
Drosera aff fulva
Drosera aff petiolaris
Drosera darwinensis
Drosera dilatato-petiolaris
Drosera fulva
Drosera lowrei
Drosera macrantha
Drosera macrophylla
Drosera major
Drosera prostata
Drosera roseana
Drosera scorpioides
Drosera whittakeri
Drosera zigzagia
Nepenthes hamata
Nepenthes mikei
Nepenthes taminii
Nepenthes tenuis
Roridula gorgonas
Utricularia leptoplectora

Plant of the night: Sean's Roridula gorgonias.

Byblis gigantea.

Drosera macrophylla.

Nepenthes hamata.

Nepenthes hamata.


April Meeting

The topic genus for the April meeting was Drosera, one of the largest and most diverse genera of carnivorous plants. Sean's pot of Drosera curviscapa was voted plant of the night. This rosetted species is native to South Africa. Andrew's Drosera graomogolensis and Drosera adelae were voted equal runners up for plant of the night. Drosera graomogolensis as a Brazilian species. It's not common in Australian collections at the moment but it is relatively easy to grow and stikes well from leaf and root cuttings so it should become more widely available in the near future. Andrew's pot of Drosera adelae contained several large plants and was producing a number of flower stems. Equal first place for non-topic plant of the night went to Andrew's Cephalotus follicularis and Peter's Sarracenia purpurea ssp venosa, Chipola Giant form. Peter's Sarracenia was one of the seedlings from his fertilisation trials, described in the June 2010 VCPS Journal No. 96, where he found that fertilising seedlings with Osmocote improved the growth rate. Runner up non-topic plant of the night went to Jason's Nepenthes glandulifera x vogelii. This plant was raised from seed about 2 years ago and has put on an impressive amount of growth in such a short time. The meeting concluded with a presentation from Sean showing the plants he found on his recent trip to the Northern Territory.
The plants benched at the April meeting included:

Cephalotus follicularis
Nepenthes glandulifera x vogelii
Nepenthes lowii x campanulata
Pinguicula laueana
Puya chilensis
Roridula gorgonas
Sarracenia alata
Sarracenia leucophylla var alba
Sarracenia psittacina var heterophylla
Sarracenia purpurea ssp venosa Chipola Giant form
Drosera adelae
Drosera admirabilis
Drosera binata
Drosera burmannii
Drosera capensis
Drosera coccicaulis
Drosera collinsiae
Drosera curviscarpa
Drosera dielsiana
Drosera gracilis
Drosera graomogolensis
Drosera hamiltonii
Drosera hookeri
Drosera latifolia
Drosera magnifica
Drosera peltata
Drosera petiolaris
Drosera prostratoscaposa
Drosera ramentacea
Drosera regia
Drosera rubrifolia
Drosera scorpioides
Drosera slackii
Drosera spathulata
Drosera tomentosa var glabrata
Drosera tubaestylis
Drosera whittakeri

Plant of the night: Sean's Drosera curviscapa.

Andrew's Drosera graomogolensis.

Andrew's Dresera adelae.

Andrew's Cephalotus follicularis

Peter's Sarracenia purpurea ssp venosa, Chipola Giant form.

Jason's Nepenthes glandulifera x vogelii.


March Meeting

The March topic plants, Dionaea and Sarracenia are arguably the most popular carnivorous plants in southern Australia. They are great plants for beginners. While the protection of a greenhouse can be beneficial, both genera will grow very well outside in Victoria. The Venus flytrap, Dionaea muscipula, is the only member of its genus; however, selective breeding and tissue culture mutations have led to a huge variety of plants of different shapes, sizes and colours. Several flytraps were brought into the meeting. Three plants were nominated for Dionaea of the night with all three voted equal first. Steve's plant was a dentate-type seedling resembling the cultivar 'Dracula' that grew as a rogue seed in one of his pots. Justin's 'Red Hybrid' was a from a cross he produced which turns very red, especially in winter, Brendan's 'G4' x 'G37' came from Triffid Park and produces very large traps. This clone originated from a batch of seedlings that Sean Spence spread around several years ago. The North American pitcher plants, Sarracenia, consist of between 8 to 11 species, depending on taxonomic opinion. Steve's Sarracenia Steve's Sarracenia leucophylla was voted Sarracenia of the night. This plant originally came from Greg Bourke and produces red pigment in the pitchers, that suffuses through the normally white parts of the upper pitcher. Second place went to Steve's Sarracenia purpurea ssp venosa var montana. In this variety, the edges of the pitcher hood are strongly curled inwards. Steve's plant had heavily veined pitchers. 3rd place went to Steve's Sarracenia flava var ornata, a selfing of a plant from Mike King with a solid red throat.
The plants benched at the March meeting included:

Cephalotus follicularis
Dionaea muscipula 'Akai Ryu'
Dionaea muscipula 'B52'
Dionaea muscipula 'Big Mouth'
Dionaea muscipula 'Big Tomato'
Dionaea muscipula 'Big Vigorous'
Dionaea muscipula 'Bristle Tooth Red'
Dionaea muscipula 'Clayton's Red Sunset'
Dionaea muscipula 'Fine Tooth x Red'
Dionaea muscipula 'Fused Teeth'
Dionaea muscipula 'G4' x 'G37'
Dionaea muscipula 'G14' x self
Dionaea muscipula 'G16' x 'G14'
Dionaea muscipula 'Green Microdent' x self
Dionaea muscipula 'Low Giant'
Dionaea muscipula 'Pink Venus'
Dionaea muscipula 'Red hybrid'
Dionaea muscipula 'Royal Red'
Dionaea muscipula 'Schuppenstiel' x self
Dionaea muscipula 'Sharks Teeth'
Dionaea muscipula "Rogue seed Dracula"
Dionaea muscipula 'Werewolf' x self
Nepenthes spathulata x singulata
Sarracenia alata
Sarracenia flava var atropurpurea
Sarracenia flava var ornata
Sarracenia flava x psittacina.
Sarracenia leucophylla
Sarracenia leucophylla var alba
Sarracenia leucophylla hybrid
Sarracenia leucophylla x 'Dana's Delight'
Sarracenia purpurea ssp venosa
Sarracenia purpurea ssp venosa var burkii
Sarracenia purpurea ssp venosa f pallidiflora
Sarracenia purpurea ssp venosa var montana
Sarracenia minor var okefenokeensis
Sarracenia psittacina var okefenokeensis
Sarracenia rubra ssp gulfensis
Sarracenia rubra ssp jonesii
Sarracenia Umlauftiana

Steve's "Rogue Seed" Dionaea muscipula.

Justin's red Dionaea muscipula hybrid.

Brendan's Dionaea muscipula 'G37' x 'G4'.

Sarracenia of the night: Sarracenia leucophylla "Greg's Red".

Sarracenia purpurea ssp venosa var montana.


February Meeting

The topic plants for the February meeting were Heliamphora, Darlingtonia, and Nepenthes. Justin brought in several pots of Heliamphora, which he grows near the floor of his greenhouse under fluorescent lights so the plants stay cool but still get lot of light. His Heliamphora ionasi, which was in flower, was voted best Heliamphora of the night. Justin also brought in some small Heliamphora hybrid seedlings that he had germinated from seed he produced from his own plants. The process of pollinating Heliamphora is a bit more involved than for most other carnivorous genera and the flowers only produce a small number of seeds. However your effort are rewarded by the opportunity to produce some new and interesting hybrids and we look forward to seeing what Justin's seedlings will grow up to look like in the future. Steve's Nepenthes hamata was voted best Nepenthes of the night. This species is endemic to Sulawesi and produces hooked "teeth" around the rim of the peristome. Steve's plant was producing intermediate pitchers with mottled red and green colours. David's Nepenthes platychila was voted runner-up Nepenthes of the night. The pitchers of this species have broadly, flared peristomes. Several seed-raised Nepenthes attenboroughii were brought in to the meeting showing a range of different colourations in their pitchers.
The species benched at the February meeting included:

Darlingtonia californica
Sarracenia leucophylla var alba
Heliamphora folliculata
Heliamphora heterodoxa x nutans
Heliamphora ionasi
Heliamphora minor x heterodoxa
Heliamphora nutans x folliculata
Heliamphora purpurescens
Heliamphora sarracenioides
Nepenthes attenboroughii
Nepenthes hamata
Nepenthes mira
Nepenthes peltata
Nepenthes platychila
Nepenthes vietchii

Best Heliamphora: Heliamphora ionasi.

Heliamphora (2nd place): Heliamphora folliculata.

Heliamphora (3nd place): Heliamphora sarracenioides.

Justin's Heliamphora growing area: Taken at the January BBQ.

Best Nepenthes: Nepenthes hamata.

Nepenthes (2nd Place): Nepenthes platychila.

Nepenthes (3rd Place): Nepenthes attenboroughii.