NEWS

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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