The Transformation of Pinguicula moranensis

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 Central American pinguiculas are truly the Dr. Jekly and Mr. Hyde or the carnivorous plant world.  Pinguicula moranensis with highlights is a wonderful example. 

During the dry season in its native savannah/seasonal forest habitat we meet Dr. Jekyl.  Mild mannered and inoffensive succulent leaves, small and slightly pubescent, in a tight rosette.  They are a lovely soft yellow in coloration.  

However, when the rains return watch out!  Its high tide for Mr. Hyde.  Out of the center of those nice little succulent leaves leaps an entirely different plant!  The carnivorous leaves are broad and elliptical and, as the name implies, infused with highlights in reds and pinks that stretch, soft and subtle as a sunrise, across a backdrop of a yellow much warmer than that of the succulent stage.  A uniform layer of tiny diamonds gleams on each leaf.  Mr. Hyde's alluring lure.

Some plants deal with adverse conditions through dormancy, annual plants deal with them though reproduction and seed dormancy but the Central American pinguiculas are one of the special few who adapt to adverse conditions by transformation! The photos in this photoset capture the plant at the moment of transition, with each stage of leaf still visible. Click on the link below to download a photo.

Click on the thumbnail to download a photo! Pinguicula moranensis with highlights