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date
28
APR

April Meeting

Drosera, Heliamphora and Nepenthes were the topic plants for the April meeting and a huge array of plants from these genera were brought in by our members. Jason's Drosera binata was voted Drosera of the night. This was a T-form of the species, where the leaves bifurcate at the petiole without further branching of the leaves. Jason's plants were producing very red leaves. 2nd place for Drosera of the night went to Steve's Drosera schizandra x prolifera. This plant looked similar in appearance to Drosera schizandra but Steve said it was much easier to grow. Justin brought is some Heliamphora crosses that he had bred. Amongst these, his Heliamphora ionasi x folliculata was voted Heliamphora of the night. This attractive hybrid was producing pitchers that were blushed red. Justin also brought in a Nepenthes diabolica, which was voted Nepenthes of the night. This species was only described last year, however, it has been in cultivation for around 15 years. Justin said it seems to grow well in a range of different light intensities.

The species benched at the April meeting included:

Drosera aberrans
Drosera adelae
Drosera aliciae
Drosera binata var extrema
Drosera binata T form
Drosera capensis
Drosera cuneifolia
Drosera curviscapa
Drosera esmeralda
Drosera hamiltonii
Drosera regia
Drosera schizandra x prolifera
Drosera spatulata
Drosera spiralis
Drosera tomentosa
Drosera venusta
Heliamphora elongata
Heliamphora collina
Heliamphora heterodoxa
Heliamphora heterodoxa x folliculata
Heliamphora folliculata x nutans
Heliamphora hispida
Heliamphora ionasi x folliculata
Heliamphora minor
Heliamphora purpurescens
Heliamphora sarraceniodes
Nepenthes albomarginata
Nepenthes angasanensis
Nepenthes aristolochioides
Nepenthes burkei
Nepenthes diabolica
Nepenthes dubia
Nepenthes edwardsiana
Nepenthes hamata
Nepenthes khasiana x alata
Nepenthes platychila
Nepenthes rajah
Nepenthes rigidifolia
Nepenthes rigidifolia x spectabilis
Nepenthes taminii
Nepenthes truncata
Nepenthes (ventricosa x burkei)
x (truncata x sibuyanensis)
Pinguicula 'Ayautla'
Pinguicula emarginata x Weser
Pinguicula laueana
Pinguicula potosiensis
Pinguicula rectifolia
Pinguicula Weser x Fraser
Sarracenia alata
Sarracenia leucophylla
Sarracenia leucophylla x purpurea
Sarracenia Moorei
Utricularia grampiana

Drosera of the night (1st place): Drosera binata T-form
Drosera



Drosera of the night (2nd place): Drosera schizandra x prolifera
Drosera



Drosera of the night (3rd place): Drosera regia
Drosera



Heliamphora of the night (1st place): Heliamphora ionasi x folliculata
Heliamphora



Heliamphora of the night (2nd place): Heliamphora minor
Heliamphora



Heliamphora of the night (3rd place): Heliamphora sarracenioides
Heliamphora



Nepenthes of the night (1st place): Nepenthes diabolica
Nepenthes



Nepenthes of the night (2nd place): Nepenthes rajah
Nepenthes



Nepenthes of the night (3rd place): Nepenthes albomarginata
Nepenthes



Non-topic plant of the night (1st place): Sarracenia leucophylla 'Greg's Red'
Sarracenia



Non-topic plant of the night (2nd place): Pinguicula 'Ayautla'
Pinguicula



Non-topic plant of the night (3rd place): Sarracenia leucophylla
Sarracenia


date
24
MAR

March Meeting

After a year of not being able to meet due to COVID-19 restictions, we are finally able to hold monthly meetings again. The topic plants for the March meeting were Dionaea and Sarracenia. Dionaea muscipula, the Venus flytrap, is a monotypuc genus that displays a large amount of variation due to a combination of selective breeding and tissue culture mutations. The diversity was on display at the meeting with members bringing in several different VFT cultivars. Steve's plants were clearly crowd favorites with all of the plants nominated for VFT of the night belonging to him. VFT of the night ultimately went to his cv. Werewolf. This plant produces fierce traps with claw-like teeth. Equal 2nd went to Steve's cv Alien, which has short inward pointing teeth, and cv Crocodile, which produces traps that appear to grow directly from the petiole rather than producing a stem. Steve's Sarracenia were also very popular and garnered all of the votes for Sarracenia of the night. Steve's Sarracenia alata won Sarracenia of the night. This plant was producing short pitchers that were very dark purple-red in colour. Equal 2nd place went to Steve's Sarracenia leucophylla from Ben's Bog and his leucophylla var alba which was producing very white upper pitchers with very little veining.

The species benched at the March meeting included:

Dionaea muscipula cv Alien
Dionaea muscipula cv Bart Simpson
Dionaea muscipula cv Big Tomato
Dionaea muscipula cv Bristle Tooth
Dionaea muscipula cv Crocodile
Dionaea muscipula cv DCXL
Dionaea muscipula cv Dracula's Cousin
Dionaea muscipula cv G14
Dionaea muscipula cv G16 x cv G14
Dionaea muscipula cv Low Giant
Dionaea muscipula cv Pink Venus
Dionaea muscipula cv Sawtooth
Dionaea muscipula cv South West Giant
Dionaea muscipula cv Tiger Fangs
Dionaea muscipula cv Werewolf
Dionaea muscipula cv Funnel Trap
Dionaea muscipula (cv G16 x cv G14) x cv Atlanta
Sarracenia alata
Sarracenia alata var nigropurpurea
Sarracenia flava var rubricorpora
Sarracenia flava cv Super Ornata
Sarracenia leucophylla var alba
Sarracenia leucophylla
Sarracenia leucophylla x Mitchelliana
Sarracenia minor var okefenokeensis
Sarracenia rubra ssp wherryi
Nepenthes aristolchioides
Nepenthes x kinabaluensis

Dionaea muscipula: L-R: Werewolf, G14, Crocodile, Alien
Dionaea



Sarracenia: L-R: S leucophylla, S alata, S. leucophylla var alba, S var okefenokeensis
Sarracenia



Nepenthes aristolochioides
Nepenthes



Nepenthes x kinabaluensis
Nepenthes


date
20
FEB

VCPS Annual Show in February

The events of 2020 put a kibosh on many of the VCPS's planned activities, including our December show. We are now delighted to announce that the VCPS annual show will be held on the weekend of the 20th and 21st February 2021 at our usual location at Collectors Corner in Keysborough. This later show date should provide an opportunity to see some different types of carnivorous plants that do not reach their best display in time for the December show.

We look forward to seeing you there.


VCPS Show