Strange plant behavior

E. George Oeser (
Tue, 25 Jul 1995 01:16:44 -0400

Hello everyone,
I have a small bog set up in my back yard that currently has a S.leucophylla
and a couple of VFT's growing in it. One of the VFT's has been acting quite
strange this year. When the plant first started growing this spring it was
producing very convoluted and crinkled leaves. The traps were quite small
and also twisted like the leaves. Some of the traps had no teeth at all, and
the ones that had teeth seemed to have less than they should. The VFT
growing only a few inches away was perfectly normal. All at once the strange
VFT started growing normally, except that it was producing some of the
largest traps I have ever seen, some up to three inches in length! For the
past month nothing much has changed, except that now it has produced a leaf
with 2 traps! Both seem perfectly normal and healthy.
All of this has led me to think about the S. flava that was in the same bog
last year that constantly produced twisted leaves that never fully opened.
That plant finally died and I have to wonder if this might have been caused
by some kind of virus that might be producing the strange growth on the VFT.
Anybody have any ideas as to what might be going on?
E. George Oeser