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Drosophyllum lusitanicum

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#1 dvg

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 09:12 PM

I had a chance to try Drosophyllum lusitanicum aka the dewy pine or Portuguese Sundew from seed, another carnivorous plant i'd like to add to my collection.

This is a pic of the first one to germinate.

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A few days later it had grown a bit more...

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Today i hand fed the largest seedling some springtails...hope it doesn't get indigestion from this appetizer... ;)

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It's interesting how these seedlings tend to escape from their seeds, almost in a Harry Houdini-like manner.

They send down their radical root and then with their two cotyledon leaves still 'handcuffed' inside the seed, they work on freeing their true leaves.


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It almost looks like a green alien trying to extricate its octipus-like tentacle while its arms are still caught in its space pod...obviously a very adept contortionist with this maneuver.

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Here is the second largest seedling, with it's arms still caught in the pod.

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Once those arms are free, you bugs better beware, cuz it'll only have eyes for you...

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Edited by dvg, 16 December 2011 - 01:49 AM.


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Posted 15 December 2011 - 09:25 PM

It would be cool someday to see the collection all together!!
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Posted 15 December 2011 - 10:08 PM

Wow that is amazing, plants with tentacles ... what is that medium they are sitting in? rocks?
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Posted 15 December 2011 - 10:12 PM

Awesome. Nice pics
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 01:44 AM

Thanks for the comments.

Wow that is amazing, plants with tentacles ... what is that medium they are sitting in? rocks?


PJ, that's a top layer of quartz sand, but underneath there is a mostly mineral mix of pumice, lava rock, silica sand, kanuma, akadama clay, chunky perlite and a tiny bit of peat.


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Edited by dvg, 16 December 2011 - 01:54 AM.


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Posted 16 December 2011 - 08:42 AM

That's a neat looking plant! How big do they get?

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 01:14 PM

That's a neat looking plant! How big do they get?


Hi Emu,

The leaves can grow from 8 to 16 inches in length, and though this plants has been reported to grow up to 5 feet tall in habitat, the usual height is probably only about 16 inches tall for this one.

Here is good link, if any of you are interested in doing a bit a more reading up on this rather unique carnivorous plant species...

http://bestcarnivoro...lusitanicum.htm

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Edited by dvg, 16 December 2011 - 01:21 PM.


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Posted 16 December 2011 - 04:16 PM

Very interesting! It's cool how it is one of the more successful carnivorous plants. It doesn't need any fancy water pot or spring-trap mechanism- it's just sticky. And 'slobbering pine' is the funniest nickname for a plant I've ever seen!

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 03:21 PM

Thanks for sharing this interesting species with us. I have a question for you dvg since ive seen a couple of your threads with carnivorous plants, and i hope im not hijacking in any way.

I just got some seeds in the mail I bought on ebay, some succulents to be exact and there was an extra baggie labled D.Lanata. The only thing that pops up when i search is Drosera lanata. Does this species sound familiar?

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