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    Wow! o.o


    I may have to rethink this... or save up and get both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clue View Post
    Wow! o.o


    I may have to rethink this... or save up and get both.
    Yea.... of course that's what I was hinting at all along

    But seriously, it would be cool to have pics of them growing in the same conditions (they do grow in the same conditions.... right?) to see which is faster growing, better looking, etc etc.
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    Catopsis is not carnivorous. It's just another bromeliad, while Brocchinia is actually carnivorous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfn View Post
    Catopsis is not carnivorous. It's just another bromeliad, while Brocchinia is actually carnivorous.
    Actually, this is debatable. They are specialized to a certain degree to catch insects, and can benefit from them when bacteria break them down.

    If your definition of carnivorous means that the plant produces enzymes to digest prey, Darlingtonia, Heliamphora, and Roridula are not carnivorous. They benefit from the prey they catch and are specialized to catch them. I have no problem considering that these plants are carnivorous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clue View Post
    Actually, this is debatable. They are specialized to a certain degree to catch insects, and can benefit from them when bacteria break them down.

    If your definition of carnivorous means that the plant produces enzymes to digest prey, Darlingtonia, Heliamphora, and Roridula are not carnivorous. They benefit from the prey they catch and are specialized to catch them. I have no problem considering that these plants are carnivorous.
    Heliamphora Tatei actually produces enzymes too.
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    In addition to Catopsis, I also have a few different species of Brocchinia...B. acuminata, B. hechtioides, B. tatei as well as two separate clones of B. reducta. I have read that B. reducta and B. hechtioides are considered truly carnivorous.

    http://www.sarracenia.com/faq/faq5064.html

    Although the Brocchinia are nice additions to a CP or bromeliad collection, if I could only choose one, it would have to be Catopsis berteroniana.

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