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Thread: Do carnivorous plant flowers smell???

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    I have a S. purpurea x flava hybrid that has faintly scented pitchers. Pleasant smelling. flowers were pine smelling

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    The flowers of Sarracenia flava smell horribly "feline," in other words akin to male cat pee. The nectar from most pitcher plants gives off a sweet scent, the flowers of Nepenthes can range from absolutely horrendous to sweet in some species, and the sweet pitchers of America (rubra subspecies) are named so because of their raspberry/rose smelling flowers. Among the Drosera I haven't had experience with many, so I can't say as to their smell, but there's probably a reason D. indica "Scented flower" got its name.
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    I have one Heli clone whos pitchers sometimes are especially fragrant (very nice scent)..... and some others to a much lesser degree.
    Havent really noticed any scent from their flowers.... There may be, I've just not noticed it.

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    Of course many flowers have a noticable scent,
    however as to whether they can smell, I would say definitely not!
    They don't have any noses!
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    Drosera whittakeri blooms are open at night and fairly fragrant. White flowered and fragrant thinking moth pollinated. Need to see if the same could be said for D. rupicola

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whimgrinder View Post
    Nepenthes flowers have a distinct "odor", immediately identifiable when you have half a dozen plants in bloom at once, and it is sunny and warm in the greenhouse.
    +1 It's pretty hard to describe... they don't smell as bad as a rotting animal, just unpleasant. I don't think I've smelled anything like it. Gets worse when it's hot, and I'm lucky my plants are out in open air.
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