Tight lids on N. ventricosa LP

From: Chris Frazier (cfrazie@unm.edu)
Date: Wed Jun 30 1999 - 11:58:52 PDT

Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 12:58:52 -0600
From: Chris Frazier <cfrazie@unm.edu>
To: cp@opus.hpl.hp.com
Message-Id: <aabcdefg2396$foo@default>
Subject: Tight lids on N. ventricosa LP

        I just got in 12 N. ventricosa "Red" plants from Lee's Botanic
Garden in Florida. They all have abundant lower pitchers and, in each
case, the lid is held very close if not appressed to the pitcher mouth.
These are mature, not young unopened pitchers. Does anybody know if this
is the normal condition of the lower pitchers for this species or if it is
some response to transport? I have never heard that the lid of Neps can
move, but if it is the normal condition it seems that these pitchers are
seriously limiting the size of the prey items they can feed on.


Chris Frazier
Dept. of Biology, UNM
Albuquerque, NM, USA 87131-1091
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