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Thread: LF Heliamphora, Nepenthes to trade--Help with ID

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    LF Heliamphora, Nepenthes to trade--Help with ID

    I have either a N. alata or N. ventrata that I'm looking to trade for any type of Heliamphora. The plant is about 14 inches and has pitchers that are 2-4 inches.

    Would appreciate an ID as well.

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    That's definitely a N. x ventrata.
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    ventrata and alata look pretty similar. just curious, how are you able to differentiate between the two?

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    Quote Originally Posted by savagegarden View Post
    ventrata and alata look pretty similar.
    No, they don't at all. True N. alata (the clue is in its name) retains its ala (wings), whereas Ventrata does not. See:
    [IMG]http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g30/*******_10/September/DSCF0006_17.jpg[/IMG]

    Many photos on the Web listed as N. alata are in fact mislabeled plants of either Ventrata or N. gracilliflora or even "boschiana mimic" (which is almost always gracilliflora as well). Most any time you look on eBay for N. alata, you will find plants of Ventrata being sold under that name. Nobody bothers to correct this chronic mislabeling issue.
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    What are the "wings" you speak of? The little spiky ladder things on the pitcher?

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    Yes, its the two spiky "flaps" running up the side of the pitcher. Ala refers to these "flaps" in general, and it's also used for other plants (e.g. Sarracenia).
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