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    I've read leucophylla sarrs are white to attract bugs, and they're REALLY good at it.

    Maybe a similar adaptation with this plant- ie white-around-the-collar to draw flying insects in? Just a guess...

    Beautiful nep though! I've never seen one of those.

    Quote Originally Posted by silenceisgod View Post
    Interesting... why would a plant make any part specifically white? White means no chlorophyll, so what's the point in making a tiny section un-photosynthetic?

    Edit: Whoops!

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    I'm not gonna lie, I didn't know a thing about Albo's until I read this thread. I always thought the white collar was just like an impression left by the lid when it came off and would go away as the pitcher develops.

    I'm a silly noob.
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    Gorgeous! I've got some 'Red' (Penangs) coming from Damon and some 'Red' (Gunung Jerai).. (which is basically across the street from Penang) coming from Dodge. My purple/black 'Kuching Spotted' is inflating a couple pitchers right now. I CAN'T WAIT!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by justjack View Post
    Pitchers don't photosynthesize.
    Has that ever been proven?
    I remember reading something about that years ago..but I dont think its a confirmed fact that nep pitchers dont photosynthesize *at all*..

    a quick google search didnt bring up much..just this:

    http://aob.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/co...hort/100/3/527

    which says:

    Nepenthes possesses a cluster of characters that could result in reduced photosynthesis in the pitcher and be responsible for carnivorous function of the leaf: replacement of chlorophyll-containing cells with digestive glands, low chlorophyll and nitrogen concentration, compact mesophyll with a small portion of intercellular spaces, absence of palisade parenchyma and low stomatal density.
    (emphasis mine)

    Scot

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    Not all green pigment is evidence of chlorophyll. Cucumbers are green but don't photosynthesize for example.
    Also, red leaved plants can still photosynthesize as can variegated leaves with white in them.
    Good growing, Jack
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    Thanks for the comments guys,

    This is considered a lowland plant but grows under lights in my basement in intermediate conditions. It isn't under high level lighting and actually sits off to the side from any direct fluorescent lighting.

    The white collar is made up of edible trichomes, that termites apparently love to munch on. However, the odd clumsy termite does manage to stumble over the edge of some of these peristomes and drop down into the pitchers, making this a win/win feeding proposition for both species.

    dvg
    Last edited by dvg; 06-13-2010 at 06:38 PM.

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    BTW, that's a beautiful plant, foliage and pitchers. (adds to want list)
    Good growing, Jack
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    Quote Originally Posted by justjack View Post
    BTW, that's a beautiful plant, foliage and pitchers. (adds to want list)
    Thanks Justjack,

    I thoroughly endorse getting this plant. You'll be happy you did.

    It's not only very easy to grow, but it's easy on the eyes as well.

    dvg

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