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    I was thinking about trying cross pollinating a venus fly trap and a sundew. Has anyone on here tried this? I've been thinking about that today and have been wondering what the result of that would be. Or, if it would even work. I have never cross pollinated anything, so I'm not sure if some plants work doing this and some don't......or how that all works.

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    i dont think it would work...
    i have read about others doing the same, and none to triumph
    the seed, if any are unable to grow...
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    That would be like crossing a dog and a cat. No, it is not likely to work, I do know that it has been done with some other plants but it is a complicated thing to do. It generally does not work though. Correct me breeders if I asm wrong.

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    no hurt in trying but it hasnt been SUCESSFULLY done. either the cross didnt take or they germinated and died quite quickly from what ive been told. there was a thought that if you tried crossing with a D. regia(sp?) which is supposed to be the most closely related to VFTs it may work but who knows till its been tried a large number of times.

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    Closely related VTF's? Thres only one species, and the defenttion of a species is.... i forget but i think its very similar animals that can mate and produce fertile offspring


    I see no reason why it shouldnt work. I have had my finches cross breed with different species (unintentional, of course) in the same cage and produce offspring (most usually died- i dont encourage cross breeding species of animals for that very reason)
    that makes no logic

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    Hmmmm.......... It COULD work. When pollen from a flower lands on a stygma, the stygma checks to see if the pollen is of its own genus. Here is an example: Drosera alicea and Drosera alicea would work
    Drosera alicea and Drosera admirabilis MAY work.
    But:
    Drosera alicea and Dionea muscipula WOULD NOT work.

    In order to work, you would probably need to take to plants to a scientist, a scientist may be able to change the way stygmas detect. So a sundew would think the pollen of a Dionea muscipula is from a sundew, not a VFT!
    I dont know if it can be done, since even among sundews, Hybrids are RARE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]since even among sundews, Hybrids are RARE
    Huh? Many sundews freely hybridize. It is one of the problems with drosera taxonomy...plants hybridizing when several species grow within close proximity to each other. Just because you don't see a pot of sundews with a " name X name" on the label, doesn't mean it not a hybrid of some sort.



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    Oh, O.K. I thought sundew hybrids are rare. I almost never see a sundew hybrid.
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