Saturday, December 4, 2010

Sarracenia flava var. cuprea - clone 1 ex Gotcha! Plants

Data at a glance...
Latin name                           Sarracenia flava var. cuprea
Clone name                          Gotcha! coppertop clone 1
Acquired                               Spring 2009, ex Gotcha! Plants
Pitcher flush pattern            3: 1+: P (Sp: Su: Au) 
Growth strength                   Being determined
Division types                      Unknown; probably flower + rhizome node

Pitcher description
Lid with filament well developed, cupreous with red venation on both surfaces, margin undulating; throat pigmented purple-red; upper tube intially flushed cuperous, fading to green as pitcher matures. Flower unknown. Pitchers spring through early summer.

As this is the first year I have grown this plant, I don't completely know its growth characteristics. However, pitcher production entered summer this year, although I expect the flush to finish around the summer equinox. This clone is nice in that the copper colour seems to stay in the lid, with the pitcher only blushing copper as it opens. Whether this will change as the plant settles in remains to be seen. It also has nice markings on the underneath of the lid and a well developed lid filament.