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    Nepenthes can grow in water?

    I found an interesting picture of a N. Gracilis growing in water on a website:

    http://www.bestcarnivorousplants.org...r151-3560.html

    I'm not sure of the rules that apply about posting this, so if I've done something wrong, take it down. Thanks!

    I didn't think nepenthes could grow that way. The water it is growing in looks like its not going to dry up since there's some U. Gibba around the base. Any comments on the photo are welcome.

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    i see this pic from time to time...but im stunned to see it every time. i dont really understand how this works. im stumped!

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    gonna say mabye it had jsut rained but I then saw you mention the U. gibba and was like "OH"
    hey maybe someons should gradually flood there gracilis and try and grow it sitting in water like that
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    maybe that location was temporally flooded in a storm
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    Here's how it went down:
    It was a swampy area....seed germinated...grew to a certain height. Water came in and flooded the place....gracilis, being a swampy plant anyways (roots sometimes in the water table) just went about its biz and kept growing. Is that a mat of sphag in the pic?
    Anyway, notice how its a plant or two or three and not a community? If you've seen wild gracilis pics, you know how it grows, which supports the "it was normal then there was a flood and it killed most plants" theory.
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    does your theory explain the U. gibba there
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    I don't know anything about utrics, so I can't comment. A nep seed wouldn't germinate in nothing but water though...plus I think they float, so that water wasn't always there. Like I said, it was probably just a swampy area w/ gibba nearby. Once the water level rose or the area flooded, gibba just came in from surrounding areas.
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    sounds ncie but now its not likey that you can grow a gracilis like that.
    would be cool to though.
    so if it has some of its roots in the water table then can you use the tray method with it in cultivation
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