NEWS

date
26
OCT

October Meeting

The discussion plants for the October meeting were Byblis, pygmy Drosera, Drosera binata, Drosophyllum, Genlisea, Pinguicula, Roridula, Utricularia although not all of these genera of plants were present on the bench. Voting for the night's topic plants was split into Drosera, Pinguicula and Utricularia as these genera are so different it's difficult to compare them fairly. Steve brought several pots of Drosera binata into the meeting. This species is divided up into several varieties and forms, primarily based on the amount of forking in the leaves, from the T-Form with a single leaf bifurcation to var multifida f. extrema which can have several dozen leaf points. None of these names are, however, validly published. Steve's var dichotoma from Govert's Leap in the Blue Mountains was voted Drosera of the night. Another plant of Steve's, Pinguicula potosiensis, was voted Pinguicula of the night. This is a Mexican species which, as the name suggests comes from San Luis Potosi. Utricularia of the night went to Peter's Utricularia cornigera. This is one of the showier species of Utricularia, producing several large purple flowers on tall stems and large kidney shaped leaves. This plant is still often labelled Utricularia reniformis in many collections. The non-topic plant of the night went to Peter's Catopsis berteroniana; a very well presented plant. Peter mounted this plant of a branch several years ago and it has now divided to form a clump with several growing points.



The species benched at the October meeting included:

Catopsis berteroniana
Dionaea muscipula
Drosera binata
Drosera enodes
Drosera trichocaulis
Pinguicula cyclocecta
Pinguicula emarginata x moctezumae
Pinguicula emarginata x Weser
Pinguicula esseriana
Pinguicula gigantea
Pinguicula Hawkesbury
Pinguicula kondoi
Pinguicula laueana
Pinguicula potosiensis
Pinguicula primuliflora var rosea
Pinguicula Sethos
Pinguicula Sierra Mazateca
Utricularia cornigera
Utricularia fenshamii hybrid
Utricularia sandersonii
Utricularia uniflora
Utricularia bisquamata

Plants of the night: Drosera binata
Drosera



Plants of the night: Pinguicula
Pinguicula



Plant of the night: Utricularia cornigera
Utricularia



Non topic plants of the night (L-R)): Catopis berteroniana, VFT "DCXL", VFT "Alien".
Catopsis

date
28
SEP

September Meeting

The topic plants for the September meeting were Cephalotus, Catopsis and Brocchinia. Cephalotus and the carnivorous bromeliads were voted on separatey for topic plant of the night. Several Cephalotus were brought into the meeting. Cephalotus have a reputation of being finicky to grow. Several well grown plants were brought in that were being grown under different conditions. Cephalotus of the night went to Andrew's plant, which he originally got from triffid Park around 10 years ago. He was growing it indoors in a terrerium howoever he moved it out into his greenhouse this year to give it a cold dormancy. Equal 2nd went to Peter's plant, which had one pitcher but was producing lots of non-carnivorus leaves, and David's Cephalotus seedling. This was one of two 18 month old seedlings, one of which had red traps and the other green traps. David puts these differences down to environmental conditions. Catopsis berteroniana is a subcarnivorous bromeliad. Andrew brought in some seedlings that were sown around 3 years ago and are now about 2" tall. This species seems quite slow to grow from seed which is surprising considering pups from mature plants will flower and produce new pups in about a year. One of Andrew's seedling was voted bromeliad of the night with 2nd place going to Steve's Catopsis, a large plant with several growing points, and 3rd place awarded to David's Catopsis. Another of David's plants a Nepenthes sibuyanensis was voted non-topic plant of the night. This species grows naturally at about 1400m-1600m above sea level. David said it can be hard to pitcher well and the pitchers usually only form when the tendrils touch the substrate.



The species benched at the September meeting included:

Brocchina reducta
Catopsis berteroniana
Cephalotus follicularis
Drosera binata
Drosera geniculata
Drosera gigantea
Drosera gunniana
Drosera spatulata
Nepenthes sibuyanensis


Plants of the night: Cephalotus
Cephalotus



Plants of the night: Catopsis
Catopsis



Non-topic plant of the night: Nepenthes sibuyanensis
Nepenthes

date
27
AUG

August Meeting

The show judging for the upright tuberous and other winter growing Drosera was held at the August meeting. This judging category covers a very diverse group of native sundews including those with erect, self-supporting stems, those with a climbing or scrambling habit as well as the fan-leaved sundews as well as several species of summer-dormant African Drosera that die back to fleshy roots to survive the dry summer conditions. First place was awarded to Steve's Drosera gigantea. While we notmally think of this gigantea as one of the biggest Drosera species, this plant was a small form of the species that produces red tinted stems and leaves. Second place was awarded to Peter's Drosera macrantha. The stem of this species often grows to well over 1m tall so long stakes to support the plant. 3rd place went to Steve's Drosera cistiflora from Stellenbosch, South Africa. The non-topic plant of the night went to Steve's mauve flowered form of Utricularia blanchetii. This is a Brazilian species from central Bahia state. Steve said it always flowers in spring but this year it has flowered very early.


The species benched at the September meeting included:

Darlingtonia californica
Drosera cistiflora
Drosera gigantea
Drosera graniticola
Drosera indumenta

Drosera macrantha
Drosera ramellosa
Pinguicula emarginata x "Weser"
Sarracenia psittacina
var okefenokensis f luteoviridens:
Utricularia blanchetii:


Drosera Show judging - First Place: Drosera gigantea
Drosera



Drosera Show judging - Second Place: Drosera macrantha
Drosera



Drosera Show judging - Third Place: Drosera cistiflora
Drosera



Non-Topic Plant of the night: Utricularia blanchetii
Utricularia



Pinguicula emarginata x "Weser"
Pinguicula



Darlingtonia californica
Darlingonia

date
27
JUL

July Meeting

Show judging for rosetted tuberous Drosera was held at the July meeting. Steve won first place for his pot of Drosera macrophylla which was flowering very well. 2nd place went to Peter's large pot of Drosera aberrans. This pot originated from a single plant from the Kynton area and has since multiplied to fill several large pots in Peter's collection. Thrid place went to Steve's Drosera lowriei. This was the giant from of the species.


The species benched at the September meeting included:

Nepenthes maxima
Dionaea muscipula
Sarracenia leucophylla
Drosera whittakeri
Drosera macrophylla
Dresera squamosa
Drosera aberrans
Drosera praefolia
Drosera browniana

Drosera lowriei
Drosera macrantha
Drosera coccicaulis
Drosera graomogolensis
Drosera hamiltonii
Drosera stolonifera
Drosera slackii
Pinguicula gigantea
Utricularia conigera x nelumbifolia
date
23
FEB

February Meeting

The February saw the first formal VCPS meeting for 2022 and hopefully a return to a year of regular monthly meetings. The topic for the meeting was Dionaea and Sarracenia, two genera with a lot to offer for both beginners and the more advanced growers. The genus Sarracenia, North American pitcher plants, contains between 8 to 11 generally recognised species, depending which taxonomic authority you cite, with most species containing several varieties and forms. They thrive in Melbourne conditions if given full sun and plenty of water with our winters naturally giving them the cold dormancy that need. Plant of the night went to Peter's Sarracenia purpurea ssp venosa var montana. This variety comes from the montain regions of the Carolinas and tends pitchers with strongly coloured veins without the red blush across the entire pitchers seen in other varieties.

The genus Dionaea contains a single species, Dionaea muscipula, the Venus fly trap. Despite this, years of breeding selecting tissue culture mutations have led to a large range of impressive and/or unusual cultivated varieties. Several different flytraps were brought into the meeting selected for size, colour and shape. Peter's "G4" x "G37" and Andrew's "G16" x "G14" were voted equal second for plant of the month. These plants originally came from seed from different giant forms that were raised by Sean Spence and spread around to various growers, including Triffid Park who now sell some very good examples of these crosses.

The species benched at the February meeting included:

Dionaea muscipula:
"B52"
"Claytons Red Sunset"
"G4" x "G37"
"G16" x "G14"
"Sawtooth"
"Sawtooth" x self
"Schuppensteil" x self

Pinguicula gigantea
Pinguicula laueana
Sarracenia psittacina hybrid
Sarracenia purpurea ssp venosa
var montana
Nepenthes aristolochioides x burkei
Nepenthes edwardsiana x truncata
Nepenthes truncata x sibuyanensis
x burkei x ventricosa

Plant of the night (1st place): Sarracenia purpurea ssp venosa var montana
Sarracenia



Plant of the night (=2nd place): Dionaea muscipula "G16" X "G14"
VFT



Plants of the night (=2nd place): Dionaea muscipula "G4" X "G37"
VFT



Non topic plant of the night (1st place): Pinguicula gigantea
Pinguicula



Non topic plant of the night (2nd place): Nepenthes aristolochioides x burkei
Nepenthes



Non topic plant of the night (1st place): Nepenthes edwardsiana x truncata
Pinguicula
Nepenthes

date
19-20
MAR

Annual Show




The VCPS annual show will be held from the 19th to 20th March at Collectors Corner at Gardenworld in Keyborough. There will be a large display of spectacular carnivorous plants as well as a wide range of plants for sale. Doors open at 9am. We hope to see you there.

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