Friday, April 22, 2022

Old Sarracenia photos - Part 1

 As the last few seasons have been quite iffy for plants locally (the spring winds are the killer, wrecking the pitchers), I haven't taken so many photos of them. Here's what I did take over the last few years since I stopped posting.

Sarracenia collection, November 2020

This was the collection in early November 2020. The S. flava flowers are finishing up and the pitchers are in full cry.

Sarracenia flava var. rubricorpora “nearly all red lid”; 2020-21 season Sarracenia flava var. rubricorpora “FRT 1”; 2020-21 season

The above pitchers are of a S. flava var. rubricorpora with a nearly all-red lid. It was seed grown by Gotcha! Plants and can fill in very red mid-summer. I've had it since early 2018.

Sarracenia flava var. ornata “big mouth, compact lid”; 2020-21 season

This handsome flava var. ornata-looking thing is actually a hybrid of unknown parentage. Owen O'Neil of Strange World Carnivores sold it to me as a flava in December 2017 (see this post for pics from the day), but its since become apparent its a hybrid. Owen now sells it as "Sullivan's Legacy", recognising Richard Sullivan from Bathurst who originally bred it. Richard had a huge collection of carnivores, but has sadly disappeared from the scene. I met him once at an AUSCPS sale at Mount Tomah, and he invited me out to see his plants, which were beautifully grown. He was a top guy.

Sarracenia flava var. cuprea “Ross Rowe”; 2020-21 season Sarracenia flava var. cuprea “Gotcha Plants heavy vein”; 2020-21 season

Now for some flava var. cuprea. At left is a plant that is one of the best flava var. cuprea around. I call it 'Ross Rowe' after its originator, a local Canberra grower very active with the Canberra chapter of the AUSCPS. You can buy plants direct off him via Facebook (I don't have a link, but if you look him up, you should be able to find him). Almost as good is a heavy veined cuprea from Gotcha! Plants grown from seed supplied to John Creevey from Allen Lowrie. I've sold a number of divisions of this plant over the years, so its around if you look for it.

I'll leave it there for today, and post more pics over the coming days and weeks.