I decided, very spur of the moment, to make an all day detour north to the state of San Luis Potosi from Queretaro to see if I could find the a site I had read about for Pinguicula gypsicola. As you can see by the photo, one would never expect to find Pinguiculas in this dry, dusty landscape! And after wandering many paths up the hill with no success, I almost gave up trying. When both the last path, and my patience had given out, I decided the fastest way back to the car would be to go straight down the hill through the brush, and THAT is when I found a colony of P. gypsicola. Definitely one of the highlights of the trip!
[br No luck finding P. takakii. Perhaps it had been too dry; they were not having much rainfall there, despite it being the rainy season. In the limited area that I found the plants growing they were relatively plentiful. But not in huge quantities. A few here, a few there... Not like the thick colony of P. agnata in Toliman Canyon.
Post by Joseph Clemens on Nov 27, 2014 18:50:32 GMT
Thanks for sharing such interesting stories and photos. It is very inspiring to see how they grow in the wild, and to try to imitate that in cultivation. I was getting some of that coloration in the leaves (first image), but after adding some iron oxide to the media, I was getting even better color, see second image.