ALBANY PITCHER PLANT Cephalotus Follicularis

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Cephalotus follicularis is also known as the Albany pitcher plant, Western Australian pitcher plant, Australian pitcher plant, or fly-catcher plant. It is a small, low growing, herbaceous species. Evergreen insectivorous leaves are small and have the appearance of moccasins, forming the 'pitcher' of the common name. The pitchers develop a dark red colour in high light levels but stay green in shadier conditions. These leaves give the main form of the species a height around 20 cm.

The 'pitcher' trap of the species is similar to other pitcher plants. The peristome at the entrance of the trap has a spiked arrangement that allows the prey to enter, but hinders its escape. The lid over the entrance, the operculum, prevents rainwater entering the pitcher and thus diluting the digestive enzymes inside. Insects trapped in this digestive fluid are consumed by the plant. The operculum has translucent cells which confuse its insect prey as they appear to be patches of sky.

The inflorescence is groupings of small, hermaphroditic, six-parted, regular flowers, which are creamy, or whitish.

In the cooler months of winter (down to about 5 degrees Celsius), they have a natural dormancy period of about 3–4 months, triggered by the temperature drop and reduced light levels.

These seeds are very rare, and are in limited supply.

Seeds per pack: 2

Germination: First, Cephalotus seed is hard to obtain. The second problem you will need a lot of patience! Once you get your Cephalotus seed, you should plant them immediately. Finely chopped sphagnum moss works well , place the seeds on the surface and do not bury them. Water well and then put the pot into a sealed plastic bag and cold stratify the seeds for 8 weeks in the refrigerator. Once the stratification is over, remove the pot from the refrigerator and put it in an area with bright, indirect light, or under fluorescent lights. Leave the pot in the plastic bag. With a little luck, germination should occur after several weeks, although it can take months to a year.

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