It might be a little early to post these photos because the plants have a long ways from maturity, but I'm growing out these baby S. flava variants from Bay Co, FL and they are already STUNNING! Many of you who have patiently grown S. flava var. rugelii from seed know that during the smaller seedling stages, they typically don't have a well defined red throat. Sometimes, they'll have a barely visible, thin red line in the middle, or hints of coloration, but it's not until they are fully developed that the red color will fill in.
These genetics are completely different and remind me of S. flava Killer. Perhaps these plants are closely related and will look similar to S. flava Killer when they grow up. My suspicion is that S. flava var. rubricorpora genetics mixed in with S. flava var. rugelii, when you cross the two for several generations, genes get mixed up, and you end up with beautiful stuff like this!
S. flava var. rugelii (?) Bay Co, FL, photos taken 4/26/13:
This is the first "adult" pitcher from this sibling to plant photographed above, and this is certainly an unusual amount of red pigment in the throat:
Not the best example, but here's a recent shot of S.flava 'Killer' Okaloosa Co, FL to compare. The trap literally opened 3 days ago, so the red throat hasn't filled in all the way yet. Photo taken 4/26/13:
Thanks KE! Here's some more photos, taken 4/28/13:
Now here's what I'm talking about-this is a regular S. flava var. rugelii from Bay Co, FL and this is a young pitcher comparable in size, if not a little bit bigger than the ones photographed above. Notice how there's significantly less pigment on the throat:
Last Edit: Apr 28, 2013 23:29:51 GMT -5 by meizzwang
Yeah. Anyone who has propagated flava var rugelii for any length of time sure knows this syndrome. The seedlings can look pretty disappointing to begin with. I've experienced the same with very slow growing rugelii from the Sumatra area. Eventually they get there. That's why the splotch on you "baby Killa" stands out as something a little different.
I might have jumped the gun when naming these things, and I've been going back and forth on what to call it. Others call it S. flava var. ornata, but this isn't just your every day ornata. Some call it S. flava var. rugelii, which is also not exactly correct. It's also not S. flava Killer. It is, however, undoubtedly an extreme red throated plant, so that's what I'm sticking with for now. It probably should have a varietal name at some point, but we won't get into that
some new photos, taken 4/18/14. These photos do not do this variety justice-they look a lot more amazing in person. The red throat seems to be getting darker and better defined as the pitcher ages. Hopefully, I'll figure out how to take better pics of them in the near future:
The red throat can be seen even on traps that haven't even opened up yet! Also, check out how the red color consistently goes above and below the neck in these plants-on regular S. flava var. rugelii's, if there is red color above or below the neck, it isn't typically as well defined:
Here's a better image of the red going above the throat:
Check out the veins on the underside of the lid. It seems the bigger these traps get, the darker and sharper the details become. However, this trap is still isn't mature in size:
Last Edit: Apr 23, 2014 17:26:42 GMT -5 by meizzwang
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