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Byblis pilbarana

Range: Northwest Pilbara region, near Port Hedland, W. Australia

A relatively newly described species, this plant is endemic to the northwestern Pilbara region of Western Australia, surviving in hummock grasslands, seepages, and granite outcrops in patches of sandy soil. Growing up to 15 cm tall, this species tends to stay erect or uses nearby plants for support, with 2-5 cm filiform leaves spreading out to the sides, and tending to stay held outward rather than bending down in a skirt. Flowers are borne singularly on stalks arising between the leaf axils, with multiple stalks capable of being produced at once. The flowers are unique in the genus in that rather than starting upright and then splaying out along with the leaves, they are held continuously erect so that all active blooms face upward. Blooms may be up to 1.5 cm across, with elongate ovular petals usually possessing entire margins rather than serrate as seen in many other species. Color of plants is bright green, though can blush red in strong light, and flowers are light mauve-lavender to light violet.

Cultivation: Grow in a 3:2 sand/peat soil, kept just moist and moderately humid with warm to hot temperatures year round. Sow seeds on soil surface after treatment with GA3, smoke water, or bleach, and grow in full sun.

Lifespan and reproduction: Perennial. Reproduces via seeds from cross-pollinated flowers, and may be propagable via stem cuttings.