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    beginner's question regarding speed

    I've been really interested in sundews for a while and would like to start growing them, but I'm unsure what species to begin with. Due to limited resources, I'd like to avoid the terrarium-only species, and am looking for something to grow in my window. D. capensis is said to be the easiest to grow, but I've also heard that it's extremely slow-moving when it comes to catching pray in comparison to some other species (also, I don't really like how they look). I'd like to have a plant that will move quickly enough to make watching worthwhile, something that reacts in a few minutes or so. For entertainment reasons.

    Any recommendations for a fast-moving window plant?

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    All sundews are slow moving except for Drosera Burmanni (spelled correctly?). The tentacles on that sundew can curl over prey in less than a minute. However, it's an annual that only lives for one season, and I'm not sure how successful it would be on a window.

    My suggestion is Drosera Capensis. I just bought one a few hours ago, and it's supposed to be the easiest carnivorous plant ever. Also, the leaves will wrap and twist around large prey, so that should be entertaining.
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    If you're looking for VFT speed, well, you're not gonna find it. Sundews are slow. D. capensis is pretty fast among the sundews. Some species produce "snap tentacles" which are individual tentacles that move rather fast, but that's not *that* much of a show. The only real showy capturing mechanism among CPs belongs to the VFTs. But fear not! A bug mummified by a capensis is an interesting site to say the least.

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    What about spatulata? I'm having difficulty finding photos or other footage of them.

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    Spatulata, I believe, moves about as fast as capensis, but is another good beginner plant (read: weed).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Space_Invader View Post
    What about spatulata? I'm having difficulty finding photos or other footage of them.


    Here it is. However, it's small and kind of......boring and plain.
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    D. Rotundifolia and D. Aliciae are also some more dramatic dews.

    Oh, and welcome to Terra Forums!
    Last edited by DrWurm; 06-25-2008 at 03:08 PM. Reason: .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Space_Invader View Post
    What about spatulata? I'm having difficulty finding photos or other footage of them.
    Bob Z has compiled a phenomenal amount of photos of all CPs. Check it out here.

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