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Pictures of my Sister's greenhouse; lots of carnivorous plants
Topic Started: Jun 5 2012, 11:43 AM (1,241 Views)
saarlak
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Popped down to my Sister's over the bank holiday and managed to squeeze in five minutes to grab some snaps of her greenhouse. Janet was a little reluctant to let me in with a camera, she's hatched two wonderful kids over the last three years and they are about to move house, so she's not put the work she normally would into her collection, leaving dead traps on plants and letting things get a bit over grown, but to me it's still pretty stunning. It's not picture perfect, and I didn't have time to do it justice, but I'm sure you'll forgive us both!

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2/3rds of her sarracenia collection.

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Her sundew, butterwort, venus flytrap and bladderwort area. Looking very overgrown, but even the weeds are carnivourous plants that have overgrown their pots!

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Various sarracenia pitchers and flowers, Janet was a little disappointed, her favourite plant Sarracenia Imhotep (?) hasn't produced any new pitchers yet as it's decided to split instead, but there were only 5 in the country when she got it, so that makes at least 6.

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I wasn't sure if she had this, it's bladderwort, the aquatic carnivourous plant. The little, out of focus (sorry), white blob you can barely see is a bladder that catches aquatic life. She calls it a weed, it just grows in the trays the other plants are kept in.

To be fair that's the surface barely scratched, but I hope you enjoyed the briefest of tours, I thoroughly enjoyed the humble enthusiasm my sister showed for what is, to me, an amazing collection.
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LilGreenPuffer
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Okay, my idea.
Wow!
"...Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him or her... Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away." --Gandhi

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Have: T. longicaudatus (regular*, Black Beauty*, gonochoric), T. granarius*, T. canciformis (regular, red/albino/Japanese, Bavarian), T. australiensis (regular, green, silver/Queensland), T. newberryi*, T. mauritanicus, clam shrimp, fairy shrimp (red-tailed, spiny-tailed), seed shrimp
(* = successfully hatched and raised to adulthood)
Want: T. canciformis simplex (those blue ones), T. canciformis green type, Lepidurus, giant T. granarius (so-called T. numidicus), beaver-tailed fairy shrimp
For sale: nothing ATM
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Faelwen
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Soo cool:) And so big xD Lucky you to have acces to these awesome plants. My fav is the last one:)
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saarlak
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I find the bladderworts fascinating too, not really compatible with triops though! I think they are a UK native, although they're the only UK native carnivorous plant I've never spotted in the wild.

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Spotted this clump of sundew while crossing Scotland a few years back (terrible pic, but I had just walked 1.5km with a canoe on my head!).

When it comes to my sister the number of reasons I feel lucky to have her in my life makes access to her greenhouse seem insignificant, she's pretty amazing (not least for producing two fantastic kids).
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Faelwen
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Bladderwort plant can be found all over the world;) I remember learning about them in Invertebrates as we mentioned they often catch Daphnia:) (see wiki - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utricularia).
I think they could work with triops, but only adults as their traps arent really that big:)
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