The Carnivorous Plant FAQ Field Trip Report -

Southern Portugal in 2011

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Our last two sites of the day were ones we must thank Sérgio for. Pinguicula lusitanica is a tiny little species that requires perennially moist conditions. You would think that this would make its habitat easy to spot!

Not quite. There are lots of little streams in Portugal. Pinguicula lusitanica, meanwhile, is picky in requiring conditions that are moist, but not seasonally torrential (which would wash the little plants away). Also, they seem to appreciate some protection, and also a few hours of direct or filtered sunlight.

Altogether, such requirements mean that it seems to occur in tiny little pockets in Portugal. But Sérgio knew about two of them. This group of plants was at the first.

Here is another image for you.

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Revised: June 2011
©Barry Rice, 2005