Pinguicula laueana

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Family : Lentibulariaceae

Genus : Pinguicula

Name : Pinguicula laueana

Sub-classification (Casper) : link

Publication : Dr Franz Speta and Franz Fuchs in : Phyton (Austria), Vol. 29, Fasc. 1, pages 93 -103, 1989.  

"Drei neue Pinguicula-arten der sektion Orcheosanthus DC. aus Mexico"

DESCRIPTION : (by Dr Franz Speta and Franz Fuchs)

Plantae perennes. Rhizoma simplex brevis radicibus adventitiis numerosis filiformibus. Folia rosulae densae hiemalis 30 -50, succulenta, obovata, ca. 2 cm longa, 0.5 – 0.8 cm lata, pilosa, solo adpressa. Folia rosulae laxae aestivalis 15 – 20, late ovata, breviter petiolata, ca. 5 cm longa et 2.5 cm lata, membranacea, herbacea. Hibernacula nulla. Florescentia IV – VIII. Pedicelli 2 – 4, teretes, erecti, 15 – 20 cm longi, glanduloso-pilosi. Calyx dense glanduloso-pilosus, sepala 5 mm longa, 3 mm lata, inferiora 2 mm concrescentia. Corolla bilabiata, lopi, plani, intus miniata, centrum pallidum, extus rosea. Labium superius 12 -13 mm longum, lobi truncati 11 -12 mm longi, 8 – 9 lati, labium inferius 20 mm longum, lobi 3 cuneati, laterales, 11 mm longi, basi 5mm, apice 10 mm lati, medius 15 mm longus, basi 5 mm, apice 15 mm latus. Pili fauce simplices. Calcar 4 – 4.5 cm paucicurvatum, pilosum. Ovarium globosum, dense glandulosopilosum stigma carnea ciliata incumbente. Ovula numerosa. Filamenta alba, thecae et pollen lutescentes. Capsula globosa, ca. 5mm in diametro, semina fusca, 1.1 mm longa, 0.2 mm lata.


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Localisation / Map: 

From Mexico, Sierra Mixe, state of Oaxaca. According to Alfred Lau, it is near Ayutla, not far from the big fall along the road. Not far, the highest point is Cerro Zempoaltepetl.


(click on the map for better location and relief map)





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Click on the graph to enlarge and see the graph of normal precipitation and normal average temperatures. Normal values are 30-year averages for the period 1961 to 1990. The weather stations are grouped by region (see map of weather stations).



Introduction in culture :

All the plants in culture comes from the same location discovered by Dr. Alfred Lau. All clones in culture (SP1, SP2, SP3, CP1, CP2, CP3, Sierra Mixe, typical, crimson flower...) are derivated from the seeds collected by Alfred (personal communication with Dr. Alfred Lau in December 2002).


- 'Typical’ : Pillar-box red flowers with a creamy beauty spot on the throat. 
- 'CP2’ , clone with a rich crimson purple with elegant arching up-turned spur. 
- ‘CP3’, vibrant cerise pink flowers. 
- ‘SP1’ , like the type but no cream spot. 
- ‘SP2’, similar to the type but petals more rounded to give a ‘fuller face’ 
- ‘Reflex’, large crimson flowers with petals swept back to partly conceal the spur. 


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

Life cycle : The life cycle observed in culture for this Pinguicula consists of two seasons, one wet and the other dry (see link). The plant forms different leaf rosettes according to the season. During the resting months (winter) the small succulent rosette is composed of numerous non-carnivorous leaves. The carnivorous leaves are produced in spring and during all summer. 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. Plants in this media grow slower but have a stronger root system.


Pot : plastic, colour terracotta, diameter 20cm, height 12cm for forming a colony.


Cultivation : I think that a slightly airy situation inside the greenhouse is important to avoid air stagnation. For this reason, I use a fan 24h/24h all the year round.

Watering is very important : from May to September (summer). I let the media drying slightly between two watering. I use rain water poured on the top of the pot taking care not to wet the rosette.  From October to April, It is important to let the media drying completely (no watering) but with an atmospheric humidity of about 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 drying out completely. 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 period, day temperatures are about 25°C but may reach 35°C when the sun is shining on the greenhouse in spite of the use of shading covers. Night temperatures are around 20°C. During resting period : day/night over freezing point. Lower temperature observed : - 4°C. I use an electronic petroleum heater to provide heat.  

Flowering period : 

Multiplication : I have never succeeded in pollinating the flowers of this Pinguicula (needs two different clones ?) . So I don't know the 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 the totality of the leaf including the white base as the plantlets will sprout from this area. Don't use the summer leaves as it is too difficult to tear out the totality of the leaf.


 PICTURES: (click to enlarge)


The flower of Pinguicula laueana

"Sierra Mixe Highlands" clone.


Photo : Eric Partrat 

- May 2001 - 

Cluster of winter rosettes of Pinguicula laueana

"Typical" clone.


Photo : Eric Partrat 

- November 2002 - 

My biggest Pinguicula laueana reached a diameter of 13 cm in 2002.

Clone from "Nature et Paysages" the famous french carnivorous plants Nursery.


Photo : Eric Partrat 

- November 2002 - 

Close-up of a winter rosette of Pinguicula laueana

"Typical" clone. The old brown summer leaves are visible around.


Photo : Eric Partrat 

- November 2002 - 

Impressive cluster of flower of the P. laueana 'CP2' clone.


Photo : Vic Brown 

- April 2003 - 


Impressive cluster of flower of the P. laueana 'CP2' clone.


Photo : Vic Brown 

-  September 2003 - 

Pinguicula laueana 'SP1'. The clone 'SP1' has a larger flower than the typical form of P. laueana, it also lacks the cream/yellow spot.


Photo : Vic Brown 


Pinguicula laueana 'CP3'. The clone 'CP3' has vibrant cerise pink flowers. 


Photo : Vic Brown