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Explorations in the Borderlands, 2002

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White flowers:
Even though I was itching to get back to the field, this fellow's collection was quite nice and it was a pleasure to view. His plants were in pots and also planted along the margins of the pond on his property. Of course, "wildland plantings" always set off warning bells for me, but fortunately few of the plants looked particularly invasive from an environmental point of view--except for one. Aldrovanda vesiculosa had grown like mad in the pond. Even though it was introduced to the pond just three years ago, it had become one of the most common plants! I suspect it may be just a matter of time before wildfowl transport this to natural areas. I politely commented on this to the grower. I also took a few voucher plants to make an herbarium specimen of this potentially invasive species! Who would have thought that a plant that confounds so many horticulturists would grow so rapidly in the wild?

One plant that caught my attention was this variant Drosera tracyi that is apparently anthocyanin-free. Note the normally pink flowers are white. The red gland tips were also lacking pigment.

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