Carniflora News, July 2016

Full download:  Carniflora News, July 2016


January – July 2016 meetings to be held at the BURWOOD COMMUNITY HUB

Renovations of the Woodstock Community Centre have started. Meetings will be held at the RALSTON ROOM, Burwood Library and Community Hub, 2 Conder Street, Burwood (3 blocks West of Burwood Station: on the corner of Railway Parade and Conder Street). Details of this venue are available at

The Burwood library closes at 7.30 p.m. After this time you will need to phone through so that someone in the meeting will come down and let you in via the door that faces Hornsey Street.

If you are running late and can’t get access to the Community Hub, you can
contact Kirk for entry on 0421 271 888.


Members have reported some confusion over how they access the latest electronic edition
of the journal. Below is a simplified process to help you access the journal.
1. Go to or ,
2. Click on the Members tab,
3. Enter the password when prompted.

The September 2016 edition is currently under construction. Submission of articles and
photographs for inclusion in Carniflora Australis is welcome. Articles on your collection,
growing set-up, cultivation guides, discoveries of plants in nature, CP exploration trips and
photographs of trips make great reading. Please send text and photographs as separate
files to

The Australasian Carnivorous Plants Society Inc. is now offering two forms of membership
to cater for those who want to receive electronic versions of Carniflora Australis ($25) and
those who still prefer the printed version ($35). The difference in cost is to cater for the
increase in postage and printing fees of the journal.
New memberships and renewals may be obtained by attending our monthly meetings or
by completing the membership form attached to this newsletter.

Thilo Krueger has published a series of YouTube videos documenting his recent
trip to Australia in search of Carnivorous Plants. This video features Carnivorous
Plants of the western Kimberley.


The society currently has a vacancy on the committee. If you are interested in assisting the
society promote the protection and cultivation of Carnivorous Plants, organising market
stalls etc., please contact Wesley Fairhall or Dr. Robert Gibson at

The AUSCPS is exploring the idea of establishing a regular meeting in the Brisbane area
for our S.E. Queensland members to meet and share this wonderful hobby with other
enthusiasts under the AUSCPS banner.
The AUSCPS is looking for interest from our Brisbane members and followers to host
monthly meetings. The administration of the society will continue as normal with an
additional committee member from the area to manage the meetings and report to the

If you live in S.E. Queensland and know of other collectors in the area, then please contact
the President, Wesley Fairhall, or David Colbourn at, to express your
interest in this venture.

Should sufficient interest be received, plans will progress to host our very first meeting in

Two new Nepenthes species have been described and one species emended from the
Philippines. The following is a copy of the abstract from the paper:

With 50 species of the genus Nepenthes L. currently described  from the Philippines, it is without doubt that the country, along with the islands of Sumatra (Indonesia) and Borneo (Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei), should be considered the centre of diversity of the genus. In this work, we describe two new species. One species, N. aenigma sp. nov., is from Ilocos Norte province on Luzon Island and has the—for Nepenthes—unusual ecological preference to grow in dense vegetation in deep shade. The other new species is from Mount Hamiguitan in Davao Oriental province on Mindanao Island. With this new entry, Mount Hamiguitan is now home to four endemic species (N. peltata, N. micramphora, N. hamiguitanensis, N. justinae sp. nov.). Furthermore, we provide an emended description of N. ramos based on field data. Nepenthes kurata is synonymized here with N. ramos.

To view the paper, visit the following link:


Apple users have had access to an app that features Nepenthes Species. Now Android users have access to this app. Nepy Android App 2.0 can be downloaded from the Play Store today! Each Nepenthes species now features two high resolution photographs, so most species are illustrated with both upper and lower pitchers. The recently described Nepenthes barcelonae is included, while other new species will be released once we’ve sourced appropriate images.


The AUSCPS has booked a stall at the Kariong Rare Plant Fair on the Central Coast, near
Gosford. The fair will be held at the Kariong Mountains High School, Festival Drive,
Kariong on the weekend of the 24-25th of September 2016 between 9am and 4pm daily.
This is a great opportunity for the society to promote the collection and cultivation of
Carnivorous Plants and for members to sell their plants to enthusiastic growers, so start your preparations now and pot up those excess plants.
The fair will feature over 40 exhibitors with a focus on boutique nurseries selling rare,
unusual and collectable plants.


GUEST SPEAKER – Stewart McPherson
Our August meeting will feature a guest appearance by Stewart McPherson, founder of
Redfern Natural History Publications, who will present a talk on his recent expedition in
search of Nepenthes clipeata on Mt Kelam.

Mt Kelam is an exposed granitic dome in West Kalimantan, Borneo, with an altitude of 1002m. Access to the peak requires the climbing of a gigantic ladder. Leptospermum trees form a sparse canopy on the mountain’s upper slopes, while grasses and Sphagnum moss cover the ground.

The critically endangered pitcher plant species Nepenthes clipeata is endemic to Mount Kelam. Other Nepenthes native to this mountain include N. albomarginata, N. ampullaria, N. rafflesiana, and N. reinwardtiana.

However, habitat stresses such as droughts and forest fires (particularly those caused by the El Niño of 1997– 1998) have destroyed much of the summit vegetation. The highly sought-after N. clipeata has additionally suffered from over-collection by plant hunters and is now close to extinction in the wild (Wikipedia).

Stewart will also be selling an assortment of his publications including his latest release, Carnivorous Plants of Britain and Ireland. Stewart, as always, will be happy to sign each book sold at the meeting.

This is a great chance to meet one of the world’s leading naturalists and listen to tales
from his latest adventure so come along and bring a friend. We will have plenty of room
and refreshments are provided after the meeting.


The June meeting was attended with 10 members and visitors. We had a special visit from
Gordon Cheers, who briefly informed us of his experiences in the 1980’s when he was
cultivating, selling and publishing books about carnivorous plants.

The society held a stall at the Koi Pet and Garden Show on Saturday the 15th of May at
the Fairfield Showground. The stall generated much interest and exposure for the society,
with $111 in commission returned to the coffers.

The society is in the process of relocating our website onto the servers of our sponsor,
Tech2U. It is expected the domain name will remain the same with a revamped and
simplified page containing basic information about the society.

The society now has a new postal address. Please send all postal correspondence to P.O. Box 70, Burwood, N.S.W. 1805.
The change in mailbox makes it easier to collect mail prior to meetings.

The society has received news that the renovations at Woodstock are nearing completion
and an expected return to the Woodstock Community Centre in a couple of months.

The treasurer reported the society to be in a good financial state with in excess of $4000 in the bank and 46 current members. This allows the society to pay all outstanding debts and have sufficient funds in the bank for further activities.

The society is exploring the idea of establishing a Brisbane “Chapter” to enable our S.E. Queensland members to meet and attend various plant fairs and shows in the region. Articles about the idea have been posted on our Facebook site and included in this and  subsequent newsletters. At this stage some interest has already been received.

The society will next be holding a stall at the Kariong Rare Plant Fair on the weekend of the 24-25th of September 2016. The stall will promote the society and offer a venue for members to sell their plants. Members are encouraged to start dividing their plants and pot them up in preparation of this event. Remember, the society takes a 10% commission on the sale of the plants to cover to cost of holding the stall.

The ‘Plant of the Month’ competition was won by David Colbourn with his Brocchinia reducta specimen (pictured right), grown in high light conditions to give it a yellow colouration, as seen in various publications featuring the plants in habitat. Other plants on display included Catopsis minimiflora, Catopsis berteroniana, Nepenthes ventricosa x ephippiata, Drosera heterophylla, ramentacea and Drosera lowriei.


Plants will now be dormant. Turions will either be floating or have sunk to the bottom of
your pond.

Brocchinia / Catopsis
Maintain high light levels and humidity. Pups will be produced and may be divided when
mature enough.

Byblis gigantea and lamellata will be in full growth. Keep the soil moist. The northern annual species of Byblis will now be dead. Store the collected seed. Refrigeration is not required.

Keep the soil moist. Avoid fungal problems by keeping good air movement around the
plants. The occasional dose with Fongarid will control fungal problems. Large plants may
be divided this time of year.

Darlingtonia is now dormant. Keep moist and expose to cold temperatures for as long as
possible to keep the plants in dormancy. Sow seed onto sphagnum or peat and keep moist
and cold to ensure their stratification. Seed will germinate in Spring.

All VFTs will be dormant. Sow seed onto your preferred medium. Seed will germinate in Spring.

Tuberous Drosera are now in active growth with the rosetted species in flower. Cross
pollinate the flowers. Keep the pots moist.

Pygmy Drosera are now in leaf production phase. Keep plants moist to wet. (pictured right is the flower of D. X sidjamesii. A natural hybrid of D. patens x pulchella)

Other Winter growing species such as D. ramentacea, cistiflora and pauciflora will be in active growth. Keep the pots moist.

Tropical and sub-tropical species will be in growth, albeit slower than normal. Keep protected from frost. Collect seed from the annual species.

Temperate Drosera such as D. filiformis, D. intermedia and D. rotundifolia are now
dormant. Sow seed now and expose to the cold nights to ensure the seed is stratified.
Germination is in Spring.

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