Re: *A confused nepenthes grower*

From: Dave Evans (T442119@RUTADMIN.RUTGERS.EDU)
Date: Sat May 22 1999 - 09:16:00 PDT

Date:    Sat, 22 May 99 12:16 EDT
From: Dave Evans                           <T442119@RUTADMIN.RUTGERS.EDU>
Message-Id: <aabcdefg1782$foo@default>
Subject: Re: *A confused nepenthes grower*

Dear Jorel,

> Sorry I haven't been writing a lot..=).. But i have here a little
> bitty
> small question..... How can you tell the difference between a "lower"
> pitcher from a "higher" pitcher? Thanks to who ever responds... = )

   It all depends on the species. Some species only have one
type of pitcher. Others have three, while most have two types
of pitchers. Most often, the 'low' pitchers will be seen on the
lower growth of the plant, near the soil surface. If your plant
has a basal rosette with traps, then you will have lower pitchers.
Most of the time these are squat and they rest on the soil. As
the plant grows taller, the traps change becoming funnel-shaped
and they tend to face away from the leaf. Most of the time they
loose their wings and are not as colorfull. However, on some
species, like _N. ventricosa_, _N. inermis_ and N.lowii_, the
upper pitchers are much more interesting than the lower ones--
the shapes become very extreme and they maintain all the color
of the lower pitchers.

Dave Evans

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