Pinguicula moranensis f. flos-mulionis

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Family : Lentibulariaceae

Genus : Pinguicula

Name : Pinguicula flos-mulionis = Pinguicula moranensis

Sub-classification (Casper) : link

Publication : By Edouard Morren in "La Belgique Horticole" 22:371 (1872)

DESCRIPTION :          

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The plant was collected in Mexico by Omer de Malzinne and brought back to Edouard Morren for description.

Localisation / Map: 

From Paso del Macho, in Vera Cruz, Mexico.  

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No data.


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Introduction in culture :

No data. I found this plant in J.J. LABAT collection (manager of the famous French carnivorous plants Nursery "Nature et Paysage"). 


(North hemisphere, France near Paris, in a polycarbonate greenhouse - see the map -)  

Life cycle : The life cycle of this Pinguicula from Mexico has two seasons, one wet and the other dry (see link). The leaf rosettes of the plant are different  according to the season. During the resting months (winter) the plant develops a small succulent rosette made of numerous non-carnivorous leaves. The carnivorous leaves are produced in spring and during all summer growth. The life cycle of the plant is probably similar in it's native habitat but I have no data.

Media: I use a 100 % mineral media : 2 perlite, 2 vermiculite, 1 small sand (for aquarium), 1 fine white sand, 1 pouzzolane (volcanic lava), 1 aqualit (expansed ceramic for aquarium). The aqualit can be replaced by 1 of pouzzolane. In such a media, plants grow slightly slower but have a stronger root system.

Pot : plastic, colour terracotta, diameter 12.5cm, height 12cm.

Cultivation : I think that it is important to have an airy situation in the greenhouse. To avoid  air stagnation, I use a fan 24h/24h all the year round.

Watering is also very important : from May to September (summer), I let the media drying slightly between two watering. I am watering from above the pot using rain water. Always avoid wetting the rosette.  From October to April, It is important to keep the pot dry. Atmospheric humidity is around 80%.

The mentioned months are indicative and  can change according to your own growing conditions. In fact, when this Pinguicula begins to produce its non-carnivorous leaves, you have to stop watering and let the pot to dry out. Inversely, when the plant begins to produce in early spring its carnivorous leaves, you have to progressively start watering again the pot.

Temperatures : during growth, day temperature is about 25C  but can reach 35C when the sun is shining on the greenhouse despite the use of shading covers. Night temperature is around 20C.

During resting : day/night temperatures over freezing point. The lower temperature observed was - 4C. I use an electronic petroleum heater.

Flowering period : not yet.


Multiplication : I have never had flowers yet. So I don't know if the  pollinization could give seeds. The plants can be propagated  easily using non-carnivorous leaves  separated from the rosette  at the end of winter. You only have to carefully tear out all the leaf particularly with the white base. The cuttings will come from this area. Don't try with the summer leaves, it is harder.

 PICTURES: (click to enlarge)



Pinguicula flos-mulionis E.Morren

a plant brought back from Mexico
by Omer de Malzinne

This image in its original context, on the page :


Pinguicula flos-mulionis

from Nature et Paysages


Photo : Eric Partrat

september 2002

Pinguicula flos-mulionis

from Nature et Paysages


Photo : Eric Partrat

- July 03 -

Pinguicula hemiepiphytica, close-up of the flower.


Photo : Eric Partrat

- April 1997 -


Pinguicula flos-mulionis

from Nature et Paysages


Photo : Eric Partrat

- July 03 -


Pinguicula hemiepiphytica, close-up of the flower, note the funnelform of the corolla-tube.


Photo : Eric Partrat

- April 1997 -