The genetics from this population are very different from the rubricorporas from Liberty Co, FL. For one, the shape of these traps do not resemble much of the standard round lid and mouth shapes of S. flava var. rugelii. These Bay Co genetics do tend to produce very large pitchers on relatively small rhizomes. They're very isolated from other rubricorpora populations and have unique genetics that don't appear in other counties.
Unlike the liberty Co, FL rubricorporas, as the Bay Co rubricorpora pitchers are developing, they're typically greenish red and then weeks after the traps are open, the full colors set in. Perhaps this isn't the case of fully established greenhouse grown plants, but only in time we will see if they behave this way indoors as well. They also tend to form very long skinny petioles that gradually fatten up near the top. Some clones can get almost purplish-black, although I haven't been able to achieve this outdoors.
S. flava var. rubricorpora Bay Co, FL, photos taken 4/17/15:
Notice all the other clones in the background haven't yet colored up, those traps are still developing or just opened:
Lid close up: like the liberty Co rubricorpora population, the lids on these can turn solid red on old traps. This trap is almost a month old and is maintaining the greenish yellow color:
Underneath the lid, some clones have what looks like extreme red throats. This one just has the outline of one:
Love this plant! It's still not at its fullest color potential, but I'll settle for this:
I had the amazing privilege of visiting Mike's collection last weekend and even with thousands of amazing plants I kept coming back to these red tube plants - they are so weird! They don't look like any other flavas I've ever seen and I kept telling Mike they looked like they have some alata mixed in, like if you selfed Black Widow and kept the flava-leaning offspring you'd have these plants. To be sure I don't actually think they are alata hybrids. But they are for sure a unique "race" of flavas and we're lucky to have them in cultivation.
Haha......these rubri's are sick! Pretty sure I have a green lip and a red lip.....not sure on the third one yet. Amazing that they look so different. Excited to grow these out and thanks for the generosity with the EXTRAS you've thrown in with my orders... .....always a treat!
I second that one!!!!! I recently placed an order with Mike and he threw in a couple small Bay Co, Fl as a bonus and I can't wait to see how they turn out. I have my fingers crossed that they turn out super red. Thanks again Mike for the Awesome plants.
Some more recent photos, taken 5/28/15. check out the dark red tube contrasting with the yellow flava rugeliis in the background:
The sheer size and color on these are pretty darn amazing. Hard to tell how big these traps are from the photos:
Starting to color up. These plants are very weird: one trap will be solid red, and on the same plant, the younger traps will be ornate, but the "body" eventually turns solid red over time. I have only one clone so far that has produced a solid red body right when the pitcher opened. Normally, they start off looking like ornatas, and then turn a bright red. Every last plant is stunning:
All of the clones I got from Mike are nice but this one does this incredible red mouth thing. Hard to tell from the photo but it isn't a true throat splotch - the red fills in as a spray of fine dots until the whole area is solidly pigmented. This pitcher was facing away from me on the water table and when I turned it around to get a better look I was like "whoa!"
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soudchid1973: Hello everyone, I'm looking for large flytraps like the colorado giant and comparable size to that. Thanks
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