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    Hi folks. I bought a D. binata Dichotoma Gigantea a while ago and after the initial break in/adjustment period it started to grow real nice. I have it in my highland Nepenthes tank as a fantastic gnat catcher and it was doing just fine. The last twin point leaf was 8" across and 10" long but now the latest leaf is developing is the same length but it's making 4 points on the leaf instead of two. Is this normal? WIth age will it develop a bunch of points?

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    Swords, I know that D. dichotoma "Giant" is supposed to have leaves that branch 4 to 12 times. But I'm not familiar enough with the forked sundews to know if Gigantea is the same.
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    Perhaps it is just "Giant" and not Gigantea, it's whatever it is they sell at Cooks. Definately my favorite sundew cos it's so different from the others, and big! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    I have D. binata dichotoma and it never splits more than once(also from cooks). Perhaps yours is different. I think age has something to do with it. My marston dragons won't split more than once until it gets older.
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    They have a 'Giant Form' which I suspect may be the same thing as 'Giant'. If it, is you are going to have one wicked flycatcher in the house.
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    Just a quick note regarding these names. There are 2 varieites of Drosera binata: var. dichotoma (forks once) and var. multifada (forks repeatedly).

    The only cultivar which is registered as far as I know is 'Marston's Dragon' registered by Adrian Slack, and 'Giant' registered by Peter D'amato.

    Other names such as "gigantea", "extrema", "small red", etc. are not legitimate. Also, size alone does not determine these cultivars. For more in this subject, please refer to the descriptions at:

    http://www.carnivorousplants.org/cultivars/drocult.html
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    Thanks Tam, after I see the Two Towers today I'll read that site!

    I was just curious as to if this was a normal occurance because I had always thought binatas were just two "pronged" sundews. I just figured this would be a big plant with two "prongs".

    Can I propagate these the same as D. adelae? Laying an older leaf cutting (tetacles up) on some medium? It'd be cool to have a big pot full of these in various sizes instead of a pot with just one big one!

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    Hi All,

    D. binata dichotoma giant forks only once when young but sometimes forks 2 or more times as it ages.

    Yes, these can be propogated quite readily from cuttings. I also find that if you acclimate them, you can grow them in low humidity quite easily. Mine are growing outdoors in souther CA and as larry knows the humidity never gets very high. (or does it, larry [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] )

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