Happy New Year everyone! I haven't posted in a while, so I decided it's about time. I visited family over Thanksgiving and decided to visit some springs in Florida. On the way, I happened upon some leucos in northern Bay County. They were all very colorful!
A lot of them had pink lips
I found some psittacina and x wrigleyana as well
The site was along some backroads in moist pineland dominated by Pinus elliottii. The psittacina and x wrigleyana were in a ditch, and were small. Larger Sarracenia of both species grew near a small pond/titi (Cyrilla) swamp. Unfortunately, they weren't quite as photogenic being so late in the year. I also saw several D. tracyi, D. capillaris and brevifolia, and Utrics - likely purpurea, gibba, infalata? among others.
Anyway, nice site. I saw a few leucos nearby in a ditch just over the Calhoun County line along the highway. I was on a tight schedule, so I didn't explore as much as I wanted. Just for fun, I did make it to the spring though.
Very cool! Wonder if this is the same site, this is Bay Co, FL as well. The main bog appeared to have been turned into a pine plantation, but an easement between the plantation and road had a few straggler plants left. There were flava rugeliis, leucophyllas, normal and giant psittacinas, as well as wrigleyanas:
I think that's Axel Bostrom's foot to the right, he was just a kid back then, now he's a daddy:
Pine plantation in the background, this site was crazy mucky:
Hi Mike, I just saw your response. There were 3 locations in the area on 3 different watersheds. One of these is in Calhoun County. I can email you the locations to compare, but I don't think this matches your description of the one you visited. I'm going to post more photos soon.
I should have more info later, but it looks like the property pictured here will be protected for the foreseeable future.
I have a few more images from the site. The first is an overview of a sunny area. Water seeps from a seepage stream on the upper left side of the image.
The stream itself is filled with mostly Utricularia inflata. You can see it in the above picture just behind the titi. Sarracenia grow around the edges. They are very etiolated and I'd like to imagine what the site would look like if the bushes were cleared off.
A particularly orange pitcher.
Deeper red pitchers with nice mottling.
The Drosera are nice too. Drosera filiformis lives not too far away along karst lakes, but this site only has tracyi and capillaris so far as I can tell.
My last post on this focused on the Bay County Plants. Unfortunately I didn't have time to explore and photograph the Calhoun County site. I alerted the Florida Native Plant Society of its existence as part of a program they use to monitor imperilled plants. They sent people to study the site and found over 70 plants!
The FNPS also posted a video on this new site here that I just saw the other day.
I also noticed that I didn't post an image of the other site in Bay County. This is about 20 miles from the site where the other images were taken along a dirt road. It's overgrown but several plants extended all along the road. February isn't a good time for leucos so I hope to visit in the spring for a better view.
My parents live not too far away from Tallahassee and visited the property in Bay County (with the owners' permission). They sent back some photos. Glad to see the Sarracenia are doing okay!
You can see the plants growing on the edge of a Titi swamp near some standing water. Further in the titi thins out, but neither my parents or I have ventured in too far. The first time I saw this property, I didn't know the landowner so I didn't explore as much as I wanted. But you can see Sarracenia further into the property. Historical map images shows the property was once open. I'd love to see how well the plants will do if all the overbrush is removed!
I will be working under the advice of the FNPS and with the landowner to clear the plot. The titi could easily be cleared manually using some power tools. I've seen worse at the oreophila site in Georgia. That was on my agenda this year until the coronavirus made travel so risky. Hopefully I can get something done soon.
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