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    Brocchinia or Catopsis?

    It appears I have to opportunity to pick myself up either a Catopsis beteroniana or Brocchiana reducta. They seem to want the same method of cultivation (full sun, moist, free-draining media, no frost), and I find both equally fascinating. But I'm having a hard time deciding on which to get! B. reducta or C. beteroniana?


    Go ahead and show off your plants, too, as I need reasons.


    You can see pics and read an article about them here by Stewart McPherson.


    Pics: Catopsis beteroniana vs. Brocchinia reducta

    You gotta admit that a well-grown Brocchinia whups Catopsis' behind...
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    I suggest Brocchina because it actually produces enzymes to digest prey.

    Here is mine:




    Although I must confess that it's a little boring. It hardly ever grows, and I throw a bug into the water once every month or two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfn View Post
    I suggest Brocchina because it actually produces enzymes to digest prey.

    It does? I'd never heard that before.... where did you learn this info?





    I think that your Brocchinia could use some more light, by the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clue View Post
    It does? I'd never heard that before.... where did you learn this info?





    I think that your Brocchinia could use some more light, by the way.

    I think Barry Rice said that Brocchinia produces phosphate, so it is technically a carnivore.

    And yes, mine does need more light. I just moved my Sarracenias, Dioneas, and Brocchinia to the south east side of my house where it should get more light.
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    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfn View Post
    I think Barry Rice said that Brocchinia produces phosphate, so it is technically a carnivore.

    And yes, mine does need more light. I just moved my Sarracenias, Dioneas, and Brocchinia to the south east side of my house where it should get more light.
    I checked, and it produces phosphatase, so it is a truly carnivorous plant.


    Well, it seems to be

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    Don't forget the facts that Barry Rice mentioned:

    1. Catopsis grows at a glacial pace - it loses leaves about as fast as it grows them.

    2. Unlike Brocchinia, Catopsis only makes one pup after the mother plant after flowering, so pups may not help propagation.

    3. Barry Rice himself became so bored with his Catopsis that he gave it away.

    That really says something about the desirability of Catopsis...

    Evidence: http://www.sarracenia.com/faq/faq5115.html

    Get the Brocchinia. It sounds much more interesting.

    BTW: According to Barry Rice, both of these species are epiphytes and could probably grow without soil.
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    Brocchinia reducta 2
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    C'mon, Catopsis growers.... post some pics of your plants or make me believe that they are cooler than Brocchinia.
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    Ummm... All I can say is, LOOK AT THE PICS http://ocps.proboards.com/index.cgi?...ay&thread=3374

    Catopsis just positively glows! Lol. However, having seen some pretty much giant Brocchinia at the botanical garden, I must say it's tough.... but Catopsis looks pretty cool as well.

    You decide, Clue...
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