Post by John Brittnacher on Jan 5, 2011 6:03:37 GMT
Are there any other carnivores growing in association with Drosera regia or even near where it grows? I suspect not from looking at the photos. It doesn't look like typical CP habitat to me in terms of what else can grow there and how well it grows.
There is a Drosera capensis population at the lower altitudes of this pass the (in)famous "Baines kloof" form. By the way: This is how it is listed/sold but the proper name should be "Bains Kloof". Said Kloof (meaning ravine or crevice) was named after Andrew Geddes Bain, a Cape inspector of roads who build the road here in 1853.
I find knowing about where a plant grows in the wild is helpful in growing the plants myself.
It is interesting D. admirabilis grows there as well. Does it grow immediately with D. regia or are there separate bare areas?
If anyone has comments about growing D. regia from seed or the new web page, please e-mail me at the address on the bottom of the Seed Bank web page. It seems some people have trouble growing D. regia from seed while others don't. I don't know specifically what to advise. I have never bothered to grow them from seed because a few root cuttings produce more plants than I have room for.
the D. admirabilis (the form we know as sp. "floating" in cultivation) are growing more or less directly with the D. regia. While D. regia grows in the thick vegetation, the D. admirabilis have only been growing in a small puddle. I think, this is due to the fact, that this is the only place where some sunlight can reach the bottom. I could well imagine, that it would also grow throughout the whole D. regia habitat if it was open enough. I have attached a general overview of this location to show what i mean. There are also D. regia in this picture, but you won't see them as they have the same color as the other plants
Thank you so much for fixing the links! It looks pretty hot where the plants are but I guess it isn't because of the elevation.
The plants look ethereal with the tentacles blending with the background. The pictures really gave me a sense of how difficult it must be for the plants growing in such as place. It's surprising to see the "giant" of Drosera being towered over by grass. It is a really unique habitat.
it's not really a warm place, at least not in September. It can be cold, wet, windy and foggy there. I have been there twice meanwhile. In 2009 we had luck with the weather, which was quite the opposite in 2012 (one of the days i will remember a long time as we were literally swimming while going there).
It is said, that there could also be some snow in the winter months in the higher regions of that Mountains.
Just as an answer to this question. After the recent fires in Baines kloof the Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens sent a team up to check on the one known population that was left. the good news is that the Drosera regia population/s in Baines kloof are far more extensive than previously thought. 12 new sites were found in the lower altitude region of the mountain and the Population above the waterfall was redsicovered in good condition. Seeds were legally collected from Both altitudes and new sites. Seeds of the higher altitude form will be sent by me to BCP this winter for propagation and distibution when they are established.
All that is gold does not glitter not all those who wander, are lost. Tolkien.