Pinguicula medusina, a geophyte?

Emilie Pulver
Mon, 22 Feb 2010 07:14:31 PST
Pinguiculas (Pings for enthusiasts) develop succulent non carnivorous leaves in the winter dry season.

See for the most complete database about these plants.

Emilie Pulver
Chicago CP grower (carnivorous plants)

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Dennis Kramb
Sent: Sunday, February 21, 2010 2:21 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: [pbs] Pinguicula medusina, a geophyte?

So I've been mesmerized by a new (to me) genus of insectivorous plants: 
Pinguicula... aka butterworts. I got my first one a few days ago, and 
it's got me wanting more and more. I'm especially excited about the 
diversity of Pinguiculas from the southeastern USA (not too far from 
where I live). I never realized what a hotbed of carnivorosity (?) 
(umm... carnivorous diversity?) the southeastern USA is!

I had no reason to believe they might be geophytes (or of interest to 
PBS members) until I read this about Pinguicula medusina, of Oaxaca, Mexico:

"In December, the "winter rosette " is formed. The " winter rosette " is 
compact, like an onion bulb and buried under the soil surface. In this 
state, the plant is protected by a sheath of dry leaves like a skin 
until the next growing period."

So now I'm all confused! Can I get a ruling on this? Geophyte, or not? 
Perhaps a "seasonal geophyte"? Ugh... why can't nature behave and fit 
nicely into man-made categories?!?! Stupid nature.

The excerpt, above, comes from this page… in the 
"Life Cycle" section.

If only my tax refund was bigger... I could buy more of these little cuties!

Dennis in Cincinnati, where the snow is melting fast

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