Heliamphora minor var. pilosa x self

Avery

Carnivore
Hey everyone,

I thought I’d mention this as I found it interesting. Last October my Heliamphora minor var. pilosa started putting up a couple of flower stalks.

In early December I harvested the pollen from the first (of four) flowers. I later used this pollen on the other three flowers as they opened.

To my surprise, the seed pod on the first flower that I harvested pollen from also started inflating, and like the other flowers eventually produced (not much) but some seed!

I thought it might be sterile or whatever because the stigma isn’t supposed to stay receptive for long, but this morning I noticed that one of the seeds from that first flower is germinating! Has anyone had that happen?

So in short- I unintentionally pollinated a Heliamphora stigma with pollen from the same flower and seed germinated from that batch! (No other Heli’s in flower at the time)

Anyways, hope everyone’s taking care out there!
 

H2O

Administrator
Staff member
By all accounts that shouldn’t be possible but if the right conditions I don’t see why the stigma couldn’t remain receptive for slightly longer then normal.

That’s very cool and I’m excited to see how these do! Congrats!
 

John Yates

Carnivorous Plant Addict
Hi As i read it , you got a pollination from a older flower on this plant ? is that right , when its producing its pollen ,is that correct ?
 

Avery

Carnivore
Hi As i read it , you got a pollination from a older flower on this plant ? is that right , when its producing its pollen ,is that correct ?
Hi John,

Yes, that’s correct. The first flower produced by the plant provided both pollen and seed!
 

John Yates

Carnivorous Plant Addict
amazing , recon i have herd this once before ,but super rear , ,never been able to achive this myself in many hundreds for heliamphora pollination's ,may be one day :) the seed was viable too ?that right ,
 
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