Here is by far the best clone of S. flava var. atropurpurea that I've ever seen. Unlike the many other clones in the collection, this one grows at a decently fast rate and has a green interior, which creates a nice contrast to the solid red body. This clone is reported to have come from the Carolinas, which is practically impossible to find in cultivation.
Last Edit: May 11, 2020 17:25:45 GMT -5 by meizzwang
As the person who supplied the plant in the photos. I can add some information that may clarify and reinforce the things meizwang has said - particularly with respect to queries out there that exist as to the plants correct varietal name. This is indeed a S.flava var. atropurpurea and a genuine Carolina one at that.
1) The plant in the photos is a asexual division of the plant below
2) The plant has been grown in New Zealand for over 30 years. It was imported initially by the Christchurch Botanic Gardens as a live specimen supplied from the USA. Subsequently, Christchurch Botanic Gardens ceased cultivating Sarracenia and their material, including this var. atropurpurea, was passed on to a private grower during the 1980s. After a short period that grower also wound up their Sarracenia cultivation and the atropurpurea was obtained by D. Gray in 1987. The clone has remained in the care of Gray and only two other people (one being me) and has been maintained as pure since it first arrived in the country all those years ago.
3) As a feature of New Zealand's second largest city, Christchurch Botanic Gardens was founded in 1863 and throughout its history acquired many exotic species. While details are not able to be confirmed, it is known that the atropurpurea clone was imported from the USA with it almost certain to have been a specimen collected from the wild given both the status of the gardens and the the fact so many plants were collected that way during that period.
4) The plant is a Carolina S.flava var. atropurpurea as distinct from the western Florida named "atropurpurea". The application of the varietal name to those significantly different plants, particularly var rubricorpora clones that eventually become fully infused, is the subject of conjecture. Verification that the clone pictured is a Carolina atropurpurea comes via the following:
a. It matches Don Schnell's original description of Carolina S.flava var atropurpurea based on field observations perfectly
b. The clone is clearly of the same variety, both in colour and form, as wild atropurpurea native to Green Swamp, North Carolina featured in the invaluable photography of Jim Fowler (as referred to by meizwang above), they too matching Schnell's description. Particular note should be giving to the newly opened pitchers (as the ones posted here by meizwang and myself are) such as this one , the form of the mature pitchers and, notably the veining on the column which is almost identical, a blueprint in effect (see meizwang's photos). Take the time to look through all Fowler's images of the variety.
5) To address questions commonly asked elsewhere as to which variety this is, the clone is in no sense a S.flava var rubricorpora based on the on the description and observations of that variety in the field:
a. Grown optimally, pitchers of this atropurpurea clone never have a yellow hood at any stage throughout their growth cycle. Prior to opening, that portion of the leaf that will become the hood is always red. This can be seen in both Fowler's Green Swamp field images and meizwang's here.
b. The form of pitchers of the clone are representative of the S.flava varieties that exist in the Carolinas. The pitchers are quite different from the Florida rubricorpora throughout the colour variability of that variety, including fully infused all red individuals that begin life as any other rubricorpora but that are then accorded the distinction of being two things at once in being named "atropurpurea" as colour fills in.
c. A feature of var rubricorpora, both in the field and in cultivation, is the low number of pitchers produced per growth point per season. This is well documented and a justifiably definable feature of rubricorpora that sets it apart from other S.flava. The atropurpurea clone discussed here exhibits the typically vigorous growth pattern of the related Carolina varieties as can be seen in the images of it.
I believe the misidentification of var rubricorpora as "var atropurpurea" readily occurs and incorrect classification has become widely accepted as a result.
I suggest that rare S.flava var atropurpurea as found in the Carolinas and represented by this particular clone is a distinct variety, as it always has been for a number of reasons - not least geographical isolation of ~700 miles from the highly variable var rubricorpora - and that the varietal name should apply to it alone. And further, that the name S.flava var atropurpurea should reflect this geographical isolation, as it does in reality for other populations within Sarracenia species, rather than reflecting a blanket reliance on colour alone as a determining factor.
Last Edit: Aug 23, 2012 17:28:26 GMT -5 by kiwiearl
sanguinearocks101: What are good plants to make hybrids with S. luecophylla with? Im looking for dark colors.
Sept 10, 2020 18:46:52 GMT -5
adaetz100: Sarracenia purpurea tends to add a lot of red/purple to its offspring, but there are some lovely dark red flava x leucophylla crosses too. Look up 'Royal Ruby' if you're not familiar with it already--it's a natural flava x leuco hybrid
Sept 22, 2020 20:15:04 GMT -5
sarrseens: How about $50
Oct 3, 2020 10:35:54 GMT -5