Pinguicula gypsicola

This species is native to Mexico, where it grows on the northern and northeastern slopes of mountains. The summer rosettes are composed of extremely narrow, linear leaves, whereas the leaves of the small, button-like winter rosettes are flat and rather broad. There are numerous glands on the upper side of the leaves. The flowers are large with a narrow spur about 2.5 cm (1 inch) long.

Cultivation is quite easy. It requires a fairly high summer temperature and liberal watering. In winter it requires a moderately warm location, plenty of light and high humidity. Propagate by sowing seeds on the surface of coarse, wet peat (they germinate in light). Do not store seeds as they quickly lose the ability to germinate. Vegetative propagation by dividing the clumps is a more rapid method. New plants may also be obtained from the leaves, but use only undamaged ones.

Pinguicula moranensis

This insectivorous plant has striking, undivided fleshy leaves. The inflorscence is usually 5-15 cm (2-6 in) high and composed of yellow, purple or violet flowers with petals flared at the end and a long spur. The fruit is a many-seeded capsule.

The leaf blades serve to trap insects; their upper surfaces are thickly covered with stalked glands which secrete a sticky fluid to catch insects. In addition, sessile glands produce a mucilaginous secretion containing enzymes which digest the bodies of the captured insects. The leaves of some species furl on the margins to envelop the victim.

Pinguiculas grow in stony places, around springs, on sweating rocks, in peat meadows and on moors where the soil tends to be damp and poor in nitrogen and other elements. They are usually found in very humid locations. P. moranensis has a thick rosette of glossy leaves (the sheen is produced by the numerous glands) and flowers about 5 cm (2 inch) across. The petals are narrow and do not touch each other. In this they differ from those of the similar species P. colimensis. The spur is three to four times longer than the corolla tube. P. moranensis stands up well to poor light and in winter it does not require cooler conditions.

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