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Nepenthes maxima var. miranda

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Clark, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. Clark

    Clark Gator Member

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    If you seen one Nepenthes, you've seen them all. Here's something i.m seeing for the first time, the Nepenthes in bloom. I guess I should know they bloom.

    First a whole plant shot (put up before MJ asks), then a whole spike shot, followed by a close look at the flower.
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  2. Mary Jane

    Mary Jane New Member

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    I did not know they did that, either. Pretty cool.
     
  3. Binky

    Binky Fries anyone?

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    I have seen them bloom at OL. I always kill em before they do this.
    I just got a couple small ones. I keep trying.
     
  4. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Anglican Supporting Member

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    I had one bloom in a tank once. Pretty cool stuff.
     
  5. Binky

    Binky Fries anyone?

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    Sherman?
     
  6. Mary Jane

    Mary Jane New Member

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    LOL!
     
  7. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Anglican Supporting Member

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    M-1 Abrams man! Only the best for my squirrels.

    As a side note, one time back in the day, I suddenly experienced an absolute surfeit of flies in the house. They were everywhere and I'd killed many when I finally went to bed. I'm sure there must have been well over 20 flying around here and there. When I got up the next day, not a fly was to be found anywhere! It was shocking. I couldn't figure out what happened until I happened to glance at the Nepenthes pitcher which appeared oddly...bloated. That's when I discovered that the plant had eaten ALL the flies during the night! :eek: That one pitcher had become gorged with every damn fly and was easily 3/4 full with them. Amazing plants, those. However not as amazing as Angs, fyi.
     
  8. Clark

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    Angs. suck! Well not as bad as that Oklahoma football team.
     
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    Before we get too deep into the sports trash talkin'..... Did you smell the flowers, Clark? Mine smell like popcorn.
     
  10. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    I have heard that feeding them does this. If you don't fertilize them they will create more pitchers instead. Don't know if that is true or not.
     
  11. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Anglican Supporting Member

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    "Angs. suck! Well not as bad as that Oklahoma football team. "

    Well crafted. :rolleyes:

    Ok...so I agree that Angs suck less than the OU football team. The mighty Sooners are one of the best teams in the nation, every single year. We very well may win it all this coming year which would be our EIGHTH national championship I believe. Only in your twisted dreams is your team as good.

    By your brilliant statement, Angs are even better than the sooners! Wow...that is a very high standard for Angs to meet, but I agree with you. Man, I sure never thought I would ever agree with Clark about something. :eek:

    Hooray for Angs and the glorious Crimson N' Cream!
     
  12. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    That's neat, Clark!
     
  13. Candace

    Candace Kept Woman Supporting Member

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    O.K. so I didn't even know they did this. None of mine ever bloomed, but I didn't fertilize them. Cool.
     
  14. Andrew

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    Popcorn? Interesting. I've always thought they smell quite funky.

    Clark,
    If you weren't already aware, your plant is male.
     
  15. Clark

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    Dale, I'll have to give it a whiff this morning when I water. Andrew, what do the female flowers look like?
     
  16. Clark

    Clark Gator Member

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    Sorry Dale, it doesn
    t smell like popcorn, unless its moldy popcorn.
     
  17. Andrew

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    The male and female flowers look similar. However, whereas the male flowers have a uniformly thin stalk from the petals to the anthers, in the female flowers this stalk, which is where the ovary is situated, is more swollen particularly at the base. Nepenthes are dioecious (ie male and female flowers are not produced on the same plant) so you're plant is male and you'll need to find a female plant in flower if you want seed. The problem with Nepenthes is that the flower stems are produced so irregularly that pollenating is more opportunistic than planned. Most hybrids that have been produced result from the good furtune of having two plants in flower rather than the breeder carefully considering which two plants to use as parents.
     
  18. Clark

    Clark Gator Member

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    Thanks for the information Andrew.
     
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    That IS very interesting, Andrew, thank you.
     
  20. Wendy H

    Wendy H Just me

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    Too cool! Thanks Clark and thanks for the info Andrew.