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    Can anyone confirm what i read on a web page?

    It said that the nectar in sarracenia plants is laced with a chemical that makes flies drunk. How true is this? That seems almost too good to be true. So the pitchers can be used for more than catching flies... This could be the equivalent of a salt lick for humans.... Yum... lap lap lap...
    Bah, thats not funny. Anyhow, is there really drunkifying liquid on the lip of the pitchers?[img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]???

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    Very true, but only in the S.Flava variety of Sarracenia. It produces Coniine which drunkens fly very much!

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    I hear that some Nepenthes do this as well, including ventricosa.

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    Yep, also very true. N.Infundibuliformis or also known as N.Eymae catches insects by a sticky lubricating fluid around the peristome and on contact it paralyzes most any prey, then they slowly slide into the pool of digestive juices.

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    Cool. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Does N. inermis do the same thing?

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    Wow, seriously... I want one of those nepenthes... Does anyone have seeds/a LEAF/baby plants??? I really really want a plant that paralyzes bugs... My brother bugs me...... ...... well,, j/k, but really, i do want one of those nepenthes. How expensive are they?

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    HOW drunk do these flies get btw... REALLY, or is it not noticable?

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    They get drunk enough that they just fall right into the pitchers if I'm not mistaken. I've actually watched this happen with my N. rafflesiana. Does anyone know if this species gets insects drunk too?

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