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    Bromeliaceae, Rubiaceae(Antplants), Extraordinary Plants

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  1. Very impressive, especially the size of the plants! Thanks for sharing these extremely rare pictures!
  2. Nice startup Collection! I'm shure your's will grow within time. In an nepenthes setup you won't have problems growing antplants. All the best Philipp
  3. Hi Dennis, i had only some "easy" species as seeds and i had never any rotted seedlings in the seed shells. More often did fungus appear on the seed if not cleaned well from the sticky fruit material. Nevertheless i had often seedlings that had damaged leaves, because one of the two germinating leaves got stuck in the seed shell. That did never really harm the growing process , but maybe sensitive species might be affected by such incidents. As long as I have enough seeds of one kind, i sort the bad ones out and respectively pic the good ones for further cultivation. Of course rare seedlings need a little more attention and should get all the help possible to grow to a healthy plant. My seedling method is rather brutal: The seed is placed on wet damped tissue paper in a plastic pot (200ml to 1000ml). These pots are closed with only tiny holes for ventilation. I place them on my windowsill with half day full sunlight. Temperatures can be quiet high (approximately 35-40°C maximum) but the humidity stays at around 100%. In my mind a high humidity is the most important point, as it prevents the seed from drying out. When the seedlings have developed the first two leaves i transplant them to another box, where they are placed on pine bark substrate. Here the conditons are a little colder and more dry. All the best Philipp
  4. It's allways amazing to seed your plants with that much foliage and these sizes compared to their age! Thanks for sharing these pictures and information about this extraordinary and rare species! All the best Philipp
  5. Thanks Derrick for clarifying this! Interesting species for sure! All the best Philipp
  6. http://repository.naturalis.nl/document/565540 PDF p15ff deals with Anthorriza stevensii Huxley & Jebb, spec. nov. In the last part it is somehow related or compared to Myrmecodia hydnostipula Huxley(1981). "Large orbiculare stipules" are described as charateristic. The drawing on page 15 shows what those stipules are. I don't really understand from this document, if A.stevensii Huxley & Jebb is a new name for M.hydnostipula Huxley or if they are seperate?
  7. "http://archive.org/s...02berl_djvu.txt. German speakers may be able to add to this." I can not realy get information from this document. It seems as if it's just a compilation of publications. The titel quoted means: "Flora of Australia. 235. Hydnophytum Hellwigii,(H.laurifolium, Dutch New Guinea). The whole document seems to be a little unsorted - but maybe it's just my impression. Searching for Flora of Australia brought me to this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flora_of_Australia_%28series%29 Maybe some of these publications(especially about Nova Hollandia(Dutch New Guinea)) include more information, but i did not manage to find more.
  8. Germany: Munich Nymphenburg Botanical Gardens have at least some bigger H.formicarum on cork bark on their showcase greenhouses. Berlin Dahlem Botanical Gardens have H.formicarum and M.tuberosa. Maybe more, but i can't remember others. Brunswick Botanical Gardens have one bigger M.armata (according to lable) on showcase and some H.formicarum in the closed ochid section.
  9. auf dem Wege vom Ramu zur Kuste. = on the way from the Ramu to the coast Ramu is a River in the mandang province, that runs from south-east to the north parallel to the coast. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramu
  10. As you might know, these places are very hard to determine with the normal maps. Even the older maps I found on the internet show often only the settled places in the coastal areas and around the rivers. Unfortunately the connection of the colonial names to the names used today seem to be lost in many cases.There are some maps from geological societies, that might help. I hope to find more information about that.
  11. Thanks Derrick, I think that might be very very interesting to compare all these different descriptions of species! I will try to find an old map of PNG especially the of Kaiser-Wilhelms-Land, the old german collony. My great-grandfather had a collectible atlas with lots of maps from that time. Maybe such a map could help to identify these old german landscape names. All the best Philipp
  12. des Kani-Gebirges= ...of the Kani-Mountains So it means : on trees in the forrests of the Kani-Mountains. PNG.
  13. Thanks Aurelien for sharing this nice collection with us! Very interesting to see the different cultivation techniques. Can you tell us something about your experience with Trichoderma harzianum? Do you use it just preventive or can you see an instant effect? All the best Philipp
  14. Hey Jeff, Thanks! The Seed and the plants i got from you do very well too. I will Post some pictures when they got bigger. All the best Philipp
  15. Hello, I just wanted to show some of my results by growning this species from seed. For me it is H.spec."Needle Leaf", while I bought the mother plant as H.perangustum at an orchid show. Shortly after i got the plant it started to set white flowers and I got several orange berries within the last summer. All had two seeds in it. I placed the washed seed on fine coconut soil in an old sweetbox close to my southern facing window. Germination was 100% at nearly 100%humidity and around 20-35°C. The shady german winter brought some red spider mites to my windowsill and the mother plant lost all its leaves. I sprayed Neem oil (Bayer Neem) to get rid of the mites, which worked very very well. Unfortunately some helpfull little black mites in the seedbox were killed too. This led to a growth of white fungus in the box. Since we got more sunny days the last weeks, I moved the lid from the box and the fungus got less. The plants seem to be hard enough now to cope with my windowsill climate. Fortunately the motherplant survived the pest and is growing pretty well now. The plants with the dark brown caudex are about four month older than the other ones. The box is about 11cm in diameter. I know the plants would be bigger under greenhouse conditions, but i cannot provide these yet. All the best Philipp
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