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The Red Queen Glows Blue

New Nepenthes

Recently my fellow carnie-homie Kinjie Coe contacted me saying that he was sending some stuff my way. Shoot – I was surprised to come home to not one, but *two* boxes full of some very rad Nepenthes. (Dude!! Thanks so much, Kinjie!) One of the plants that he sent my was a Nepenthes tiveyi “Red Queen” – such an amazing beauty. Since I was at home and it had a nice pitcher attached to it, I decided to photograph her majesty – in regular light AND short wave UV light. Check out this post for some more photos Nepenthes under short wave 254nm UV light, as well as this Vine video. By the way, for those asking, *yes* I’ve tried Sarracenia under the light, but there really wasn’t much “glow” to those babies. I haven’t had time for a proper UV light shoot at the greenhouse (I actually shot the Nepenthes in my bathroom), but will still try to shoot the lack of glowing from Sarracenia sooner or later. Perhaps I need another lamp to make the Sarracenia glow blue, but I don’t feel compelled to drop a few hundred for a new UV lamp at the moment. Anyway, I captured the below photos using a long exposure – 30 seconds at f2.8, 50 mm. Mouse over the photo to see the photo under regular light.

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Nepenthes tiveyi “Red Queen”


Nepenthes tiveyi “Red Queen”

Nepenthes tiveyi “Red Queen”

Feeding the Seedling

Drosophyllum lusitanicumDrosophyllum lusitanicum

Awwww! Isn’t it cute?! Here’s a young plant only a month old or so. I’m feeding it some dried bloodworms for additional sustenance. Yummy! This little seedling sprung up from one of the seeds that came from this colossal beast.  Three have sprouted, but only two have survived. One of the seedlings died after throwing up two leaves for whatever reason, and the remaining two look good. This is the larger of the two seedlings. One thing I’m going to do when I transplant this is put it in a larger pot than it’s parent was in. (Yes, you can transplant Drosophyllum but you have to be very careful not to disturb the roots!) As you can see in this post the roots were pretty cramped. I think it died because the roots got stressed/shocked during one of the hot days and I didn’t keep it as wet as it should of been that day.  Anyway, the circle of life starts again and I’m glad that these genetics are still alive and well.

Sarracenia minor – Anthocyanin Free

Sarracenia minor is one of those plants that have such simple and streamlined beauty. No frills, no overly loud-melt-your-face-off colors for the most part (although I enjoy that too…) It’s just a simple hood, and windows to draw prey by. Minimalistic elegance. I’m enamored by the anthocyanin free version of it as it really draws my attention to the gracious form and beauty of the plant. As with the other anthocyanin free plants, the bright neon green makes it seem as if the plant were glowing. Here are a couple different clones of anthocyanin free Sarracenia minor.

Sarracenia minor AF
Sarracenia minor – anthocyanin free


Sarracenia minor AF
Sarracenia minor – anthocyanin free

Sarracenia ‘Adrian Slack’

Sarracenia 'Adrian Slack'
Sarracenia ‘Adrian Slack’

S. ((rubra x oreophila) x flava v. rugelii) x ‘Adrian Slack’

Sarracenia [(rubra x oreophila) x flava var. rugelii] x 'Adrian Slack'Sarracenia ((rubra x oreophila) x flava v. rugelii) x ‘Adrian Slack’
Select plant from a 2009 cross.