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    I've been waiting for this...

    There's a tunnel at the end of the light...

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    Those are those flowers that kinda look like N. lowii pitchers, arent they? Or maybe I'm only remembering half, then filling the blanks with wut i want...

    It traps bugs temporarily, dun it?

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    The first time I saw it I thought it was a nep... it's really a host plant for butterflies.
    There's a tunnel at the end of the light...

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    Oh neat... Would it be possible for you to get some other kinds of pictures of it? Like from the side or sumthing? I know its hard, I wish i had one, i really wanna see wut its really like...

    I saw it on I think the CPFAQ website the frist time...

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    It is an Aristolochia flower. The flowers trap insects for pollination a bit like a pitcher plant with long downward pointing hairs. When the plant has been pollinated, these hairs wither and flies can escape along with a load of pollen for the next flower! I expect it probably smells quite horrible to encourage the flies. There are some hardy species of Aristolochia which you can grow in the garden in the UK!
    Stephen
    Sarracenia rosea?...don't be ridiculous!

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    Ooooh, Hehehe... Greg get's it now! Bwahaha...

    Thats awsum! But... Does that mean the flower only lasts as long as it doesn't get pollinated?

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    I've recently received 3 Aristolochias:
    A. grandiflora
    A. gigantea
    A. 'Peruvensis'

    So far they are very easy climbers (a trellis with many places for it to twine will make it happy) Mine have not yet flowered (only 24"-36" tall right now so I do not know how large they need to be before they get those flowers. The local orchid shop has the only Aristolochia I'd ever seen and it's humungous. The main vine is so old it's deveoped a woody outter covering but when the entire rafters of the orchid shop is covered in fresh vine and humungous flowers from spring til fall it's really something to see. People say the flowers "stink" but I have never noticed an odd scent coming from them. Jerry (the guy who owns the orchid shop) said his Aristolochia (the grandiflora species) wasn't doing as well until he planted it right into the soil floor of the greenhouse he said they have extensive root systems and will only grow large & fast if allowed a very large pot or planted in actual ground.
    I'm growing mine in a large flower trough and up a trellis in the living room. I will try growing cuttings in my new lowland nepenthes enclosure when I get it built but I have a feeling it will be difficult to keep the vine undercontrol with the bright light, humidity and heat of a lowland terrarium!

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