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Byblis filifolia

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B. filifolia "Pago Giant"

Range: Across the northwestern tip of Australia extending inland to the Tanami desert

This large rainbow plant thrives in sandy soils in habitats from wooded savannahs to creek edges and sandstone skeletal soils. They may reach more than 60 cm tall, with erect to semi-scrambling stems and leaves up to 15 cm in length, a knobby swelling at the base. Color is typically pale green, but can flush reddish on old leaves or parts exposed to strong light. Flowers are borne on singular pedicels arising from between the leaves with many capable of being produced at once, up to 1.5 cm across with ovular to nearly rectangular petals bearing serrated edges. Color is mauve to violet on the upper surface, white to yellowish on the lower surface. Sepals are densely covered in glands, This species is distinct from others in the genus in  possessing anthers as long as or longer than the filaments in the flowers and a mostly erect to slightly scrambling stem, as well as a lack of sessile glands on pedicels and sepal bases.

Cultivation: grow in a large pot with a soil mixture of 2:1 sand/peat, kept moist and moderately humid with warm temperatures year round. Sow seeds on soil surface and treat with a 500 ppm GA3 solution for 24 hours prior, and grow in strong artificial light to full sun.

Lifespan and reproduction: annual plant. Reproduces via seeds only, though can be propagated via stem cuttings.

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Byblis filifolia "Hidden Valley" 

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Close-up of B. filifolia "Pago Giant" flower.

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B. filifolia "Hidden Valley" flower, front side. Note the more gracile petals.

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Rear view of B. filifolia "Hidden Valley" flower, showing the paler color; the whole petal may be cream or yellowish abaxially.

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