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    I've been noticing that my N. fusca 'Sarawak' likes to grab everything around it. Before growing pitchers, the leaf tendrils form a loop and then grab ahold of whatever is close. Right now the favorite targets are twigs from the apple next to it and the fig growing up from beneath it. I don't remember this happening so much last year, but it was much smaller then. Is this typical of the species? It's a great adaptation for a vining plant, but none of my other Neps do it.
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    My fusca 'Sarawak' is very 'grabby' too, to the extent it's produced deformed pitchers by squeezing it's tendrils into spaces too small for it. As it happens, I spent a while earlier this evening untangling it from a spathulata.
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    maby its starting to produce uppers?
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    herenorthere, I have a belii x ventricosa doing this also. I will post some photos tomorrow. It is really grabbing on, then forming pitchers afterwards.

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    I have many neps that do this.
    albomarginata, x 'Isle de France', gracilis, X 'Ventrata'.....maybe a few more.
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    Here are 2 shots; notice the tendril wrapped around the wire 2 complete turns before forming a pitcher (there is a second leaf doing the same, above this one):




    p.s. does anyone else grow this plant (belii x ventricosa)? It has been one of my all-time favorites, due to the very interesting growth habit of the whole plant (long gripping tendrils, tubby pitchers, etc.). I'd like to see photos...........

    Here is a shot of my mature plant:



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