Pinguicula nevadensis


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Family : Lentibulariaceae

Genus : Pinguicula

Name : Pinguicula nevadensis

Sub-classification (Casper) : link

Publication : Casper in Repert. spec. nov. 66 (1962) 112

DESCRIPTION :  (In Casper)


Perennis. Rhizoma simplex breve radicibus adventitiis numerosis filiformibus. Folia 5 - 8 radicalia rosulata integerrima sessilia vel subpetiolata lamina circuitu plus minusve orbiculata superne glandulis sessilibus stipitatisue +/- dense vestita viridia. Hibernacula. Pedicelli 1 - 3 erecti glandulis stipitatis +/- dense obsiti (20) 40 - 55 (85) mm alti uniflori. Flores parvi (10) 12 - 14 (16) mm longi (calcari incluso). Calyx bilabiatus extus glandulis stipitatis obsitus; labium superum trilobum lobis longioribus quam latis, lineari-obtusis; labium inferum usque ad 1/3 longitudinis bilobum lobis raro profunde divisis et divergentibus. Corolla bilabiata "bicolorata" : lilacina lobis albidis; labium superum bilobum lobis ovato-obtusis; labium inferum paulum longius trilobum; lobis longioribus quam latis obovato-oblongis apice rotundatis inter se +/- tegentibus. Tubus infundibuliformis corollae lobos subaequans intus pilosus pilis longis clavatis. Calcar rectum vel plus minusve arcuatum obtusum breve (2) 3 - 4 (5) mm longum tertiam partem tubi limbique corollae vix aequans. Capsula ovoida. Semina scobiformia numerosa.


Chromosomata 2n = 16 (Steiger).


Floret : VII - VIII


Translation :


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Pinguicula nevadensis is an endemism of the alpine zone of the Sierra Nevada in southern Spain.  

Localisation / Map: 

From Spain, Sierra Nevada and Sierra de Alfacar. 



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


Pinguicula nevadensis is exposed to very intensive sun radiation in habitat but its leaves remains only slighty reddish colored. The plants can be found near sunny springy slopes and alpine lake. It grows on silicate granite ground. As the species occured at altitudes between 2160 to 3100 m, snow covered the plants for 5 to 7 months !. There are also frequent fog.

Casper publication, add the following species that occured with Pinguicula nevadensis : Carex intricata, Gentiana alpina, Gentiana sierrae, Ranunculus acetosellifolius and Ranunculus angustifolius-uniflorus.


Temperatures and  CLIMAT :


- Average temperature for a year : 6C


- January : max. : 2C - min.: -10C

- August :  max. : 14C - min.: 0C


- Some ponds can 

- Nearly no rains in July or August

- Rains in May to June and September to October


- Snow remains on ground from October to May, and sometimes until June.


- Some ponds can still be frozen until june.

Introduction in culture :

I grow some young plants from french carnivorous plants nursery, Nature et Paysages.


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


Life cycle : In spring, the cycle begins by the opening of the winter buds and the production of the first carnivorous leaves. The first leaves are followed by the flowers. New carnivorous leaves are produced during all the season. Near autumn, or earlier, if your conditions are not optimal, the next hibernacula is revealed in the centre of the rosette. Then leaf production stops and the old leaves decay slowly. The plant (reduced now to a small hibernacula) is ready for winter and for the next cycle. 


Media : I use the following media : 1 peat, 1 vermiculite, 1 sand (all size). 

Pot : In big box, with direct sun for more than 8 hours per day.

Cultivation :  The long term cultivation of temperate Pinguicula is difficult : If the summer growing conditions are not optimal, the plants will form very weak hibernacula which easily rot. 

Optimal summer growing conditions are : good air humidity, cool temperature and UV lights.This species need a good amount of good sun to grow.


Multiplication : By seeds or using the gemmae produced around winter hibernacula.

PICTURES: (click to enlarge)



Impressive Sierra Nevada in southern Spain.


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Laguna de las Yeguas in spring, one of the location mentioned in Casper's publication. Altitude is 2600m.


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Typical habitat of Pinguicula nevadensis, a wet meadow in altitude.


Photo : Serge Lavayssiere

Here at last, Pinguicula nevadensis


Photo : Serge Lavayssiere


The coloration of the leaves reveal the amount of light the plants receive in habitat.


Photo : Serge Lavayssiere


The flowers of Pinguicula nevadensis.


Photo : Serge Lavayssiere

Pinguicula nevadensis can reach a diameter of 5 cm.


Photo : Serge Lavayssiere


Impressive cluster of Pinguicula nevadensis in habitat.


Photo : Serge Lavayssiere

A cluster of Pinguicula nevadensis in the grasses.


Photo : Serge Lavayssiere

Plantago nivalis

Estrella de las Nieves in spanish, an endemic plant of the Sierra Nevada area.


Photo : Serge Lavayssiere

Ranunculus acetosellifolius

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Carex intricata (Carex nigra). 

Can be found in wet depressions surrounding glacial lakes.


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Gentiana alpina.


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Gentiana verna subsp. sierrae

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If you want to see more species from Sierra Nevada in pictures : link