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    Mysterious Nepenthes

    I went to a few 'plants general items' stores looking for sphagnum moss.
    I ended up finding a few nepenthes and 2 VFT. The VFT were in terrible shape, I also never had one so I didnt want to try it out.
    The nepenthes were in overall great shape, but I just have no idea about the species, so could someone help me?
    Also, if identified, could someone tell me it's basic needs? (Sun/water/soil preference)







    Sorry about quality, I really dont have a good camera.
    Thank you!

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    This plant looks like N. x ventrata (ventricosa x alata), a fairly hardy plant that should be amendable to a wide range of conditions, leaning towards highland Nepenthes conditions overall. Bright light, on a windowsill, and the temperatures of your house may just be just fine for this plant.
    LOOKING FOR: N. (argentii x bicalcarata) x {[(lingulata x edwardsiana) x (naga x hamata)] x [(klossii x undulatifolia) x (aristolochioides x rajah)]} Growlist: http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=124586

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    Ohh, got it, thanks alot!

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    I thought a Ventrata was a (Ventricosa x Alata) x Alata.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dr_donut View Post
    I thought a Ventrata was a (Ventricosa x Alata) x Alata.
    There is some controversy surrounding the lineage of this common hybrid which is exacerbated by the fact that there appear to be several different mass-produced clones in cultivation, but based upon pitcher morphology among other things it's highly likely that what we commonly call N. "ventrata" is actually a hybrid involving N. ventricosa and N. graciliflora.

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    This looks more like pure N. "smooth alata"/graciliflora than N. Ventrata. When young they are similar but the lid appendages are different (there's two keels on the lid in the former, which can be seen in the OP's plant but is absent on all Ventrata I've seen including my own).

    N. graciliflora
    Young N. graciliflora/"smooth alata"; I think this one is the OP's plant, very similar to mine when juvenile

    N. Ventrata
    Young N. Ventrata, which has a different leaf shape than the OP's plant and doesn't have the two prominent lid keels in the front and back of the lid, as well as a wider peristome
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    I wish they knew the species they sell, but, oh well, I doubt any non-carnivorous focused flowershop actually know about carnivorous plants. It'd prevent a lot of confusion.
    Last edited by ArcanaCapra; 08-02-2016 at 06:31 PM.

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    Taking a closer look at the pictures, noticing all details and differences, I do believe it is indeed a graciliflora (or a hybrid involving it at least).
    Thanks everyone for helping me identify this one.

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