Carniflora News, August 2016

Full download:  Carniflora News, August 2016 (PDF)

The Australasian Carnivorous Plant Society returns to the Woodstock Community Centre with immediate effect:

Woodstock Community Centre
22 Church Street
NSW 2134
(car park access via Fitzroy Street)

Our postal address is:
PO Box 70,
N.S.W. 1805

Meetings will continue to be at 7:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month.

The September 2016 edition is near completion and will feature articles on the Drosera cistiflora complex (part 2), cultivation of Genlisea hispidula, Utricularia livida and Nepenthes lowii x aristolochioides.

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

Some 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 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 the Pygmy Sundews of Eneabba.

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.

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.

The AUSCPS will be manning a stall at the next Damfest in October. Damfest is an annual
event held on the third Sunday of October at Warragamba, in western Sydney. This festival features a variety of stalls from the local area and attracts up to 8000 visitors. This is an excellent chance to sell plants and help share this great hobby with other people (10%
commission goes to the Society). Consider coming along and selling plants, helping out, or
just talking to people about the plants that fascinate us. All attending need to bring their own tables and chairs.

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 secretary.

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.

So far, 20 people have expressed interest and we are currently looking for a suitable
venue where meetings may be held.
Plants with Bite will be returning again this year to the Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens. It will
be held over two weekends from the 3rd to the 11th of December 2016. The AUSCPS will not be represented at this event but it is expected there will be various presentations and talks about carnivorous plants.

The team from Redfern Natural History has announced two new Nepenthes expeditions in
the coming months.

Sumatra Nepenthes Expedition
Following on from our two very successful 2015 Sumatra Expeditions, we have planned an
itinerary to explore the very best highlights of this incredible island to experience the most beautiful and most interesting of all Sumatran Nepenthes in the wild. Along the way, we have the chance to see blooms of Amorphophallus titanum and Rafflesia arnoldii – two of
the biggest flowers in the world (in 2015, we observed a perfect, fully open, 90 cm Rafflesia bloom!) We may also encounter exquisite Paphiopedilum orchids in flower, and can visit fascinating Minangkabau villages with unique “bulls horn” houses and rice barns.

During this expedition, we except to observe:
Nepenthes adnata, N. ampullaria, N. aristolochioides, N. dubia, N. eustachya (red forms and white forms), N. gracilis, N. gymnamphora, N. inermis, N. izumiae, N. jacquelineae, N. jamban, N. longifolia, N. lingulata, N. ovata, N. rafflesiana, N. reinwardtiana, N. rhombicaulis, N. rigidifolia, N. singalana, N. spectabilis, N. sumatrana, N. ‘taminii’ and N. tobaica.

The exact dates can be decided by the group, but we are working towards late November / early December 2016.

Spectacular Philippine Nepenthes Expedition
Mount Hamiguitan has just opened as a World Heritage Site! The four endemic Nepenthes species of this extraordinary mountain are among the most beautiful of all carnivorous plants! Very few people have ever seen these Nepenthes in the wild.

After launching numerous very successful botanical tours to the Philippines, we have structured a trip that is designed to show this wonderful country’s most stunning pitcher plants. The itinerary takes in Mount Guiting-Guiting on Sibuyan, with a spectacular ridge through the clouds that offers some of the most breath-taking views in all of Southeast Asia.

During this expedition, we except to observe: Nepenthes alata, N. argentii, N. bellii, N. hamiguitanensis, N. justinae, N. merilliana, N. micramphora, N. mindanaoensis, N. peltata, N. robcantleyi, N. sibuyanensis and N. truncata.

The exact dates can be decided by the group, but we are working towards March / April 2017.

Both expeditions offer the chance to observe and photograph many of the most interesting Nepenthes species in their natural habitats, as well an an immense array of orchids, birdlife, primates, stunning landscapes and fascinating local cultures.

The July meeting was well attended with 16 members and visitors in attendance. The A.G.M. was held with all current committee members returned to their current roles.

Discussion was held on the following items of interest:
• The treasurer reported to the committee and attendees the society’s current financial statement. In summary, the society is operating in the black with a current bank balance of $2414 with 48 members.

• This meeting was our last at the Ralston Room with the August, and subsequent meetings back at the Woodstock Community Centre.

• The AUSCPS will be holding a stall at the Kariong Rare Plant fair on the weekend of the 25-26th September 2016.

• The society’s post office box has now changed to PO Box 70, Burwood, NSW 1805.

• The plant theme for July was tuberous Drosera, with many fine examples on display. Plant of the month was won by David Colbourn with a colony pot of Drosera collina (Drosera erythrorhiza ssp. collina pictured below). David grows his plants in a 30cm plastic pot of peat and sand (50/50). Some plants had flowered and were showing maturing seed pods, with some seed having fallen on the sticky leaves. Fresh seed will be available to members to purchase from the seed bank.

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