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    i recently got a d. capesnsis alba , i know this plant is easy to care for i've taken care of alot of these . the one i got is about 5inchs tall , and i got it for 1 buck butit has red in it , only on the teentecles , the guy that sold it to me said he put it in extreme light so thats how ir turn red or pink from what it looks like . is this natrual , i thought albas were supose to be transparent .

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    Hi there,

    Capensis albas do generally tend to have pink pigmentation in the tentacles only when grown under adequate light conditions.

    I'm not sure why this is. Anyone know how a plant that is otherwise completely anthocyanin free comes to have pigmentation in the tentacles? Or is the pigmentation found in tentacles even what is known as anthocyanin?

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    Albas will have white flowers as opposed to the typical pink (and I THOUGHT that's what the 'alba' term is in reference to but the experts would have to confirm that). And the tentacles do tend to be a pale pink. My younger plants have looked "transparent" but pink-up with age and good light.

    I believe there has been some discussion that the 'alba' is correctly called 'albino'.

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    My D. capensis 'alba' plants have a ghostly appearance to them. I will try to get a photo for this topic sometime. Mine have never flowered but I am sure they are the true 'albino' form, as they have never had any pink and are in FULL sun.

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