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Thread: Alata or ventrata?

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    Hello there! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    I purchased several months ago a Nepenthes alata. I really wanted an alata, so I found it available on E-bay and I bought it. But now that the plant is bigger and the pitchers that the plant produces are completely developed and big, I think that what I received was not an alata, but a ventrata. At least for me, both plants and the pitchers of both of them are exactly the same.

    Can you help me with this identification? Is it possible that what I think is an alata it can really be alata? How can I recognize the differences between alata and ventrata?

    Here is a pic of what I bought as alata:


    And here is a pic of my bigger ventrata:


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    Jorge Joel...
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    I would say ventrata...
    Need all the experience I can get...

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    Looks like ventrata...

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    check the persimtone of the "alata". Vetrata has it a little flared because of the ventricosa in it
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    I read somewhere you can tell the difference by looking at the petiole, but I couldn't visualize the way they described it at the time. Might be worth googling.

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    Oh Man, i think i was cheated. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/mad.gif[/img]

    I was hopping that some one could tell me that these 2 plants were different, but it is plenty obvious that they are the same.

    Lord, now i have to start again my -Quest for a N. alata- [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img]

    Does someone know wher i can find alata plants?

    Jorge Joel...
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    Hi all:

    As with everything else, anything with very little commercial value is hard to find.

    Jorge Joel: I'd recommend N. benstonei, N. thorelli, N. veitchii, N. khasiana, and perhaps N. campanulata for your set up. Luckily, you find one of these first.

    Gus

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    Gus, thanks for your advices. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    Do you think it will be very hard to find alata? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]

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    Jorge Joel...
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