I wonder if a Nepenthes could produce flowers of both sexes simultaneously as Cannabis often does?
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I know that there are certain frogs and lizards that also gender swap.
Perhaps Nepenthes is just one of those special species that have the
ability to do so
have seen it with papya. Normally they are male, female or hermaphrodite. Saw plant with male flowers produce fruit. male flower stalks radically different than female. Keep wondering if can be triggered by exposure to herbicides or other plant hormones mimics...
looked like this: https://ask.extension.org/questions/205742
Last edited by kulamauiman; 12-09-2015 at 01:08 PM.
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We learned decades ago that older materials like 2,4-D (herbicide) and B-9 (a growth regulator used in the 1960s and 1970s to shorten internodes in Poinsettia and Chrysanthemum crops) lingered far longer than previously imagined when it was observed that greenhouse containers re-used from crops treated with B-9 produced stunted plants (of other genera) when grown in these containers! Enough growth regulator remained in/on the pots to significantly affect the next crop grown in them. It was an "ah-ha!" moment for the greenhouse crop industry, you can be sure.
As much as hormones play into flower production/growth, I wouldn't be surprised if it were found that they play a role in gender of the bloom. A lot of interesting questions have been raised by that enigmatic N. vogelii! I think it's great.
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I just wanted to add that I highly doubt that the plant would remember information from the year before to change, however, I think it's completely possible that when the flower stem is just starting to grow or maybe just before it is growing, chemicals emitted by another plant could change the potential sex of the plant temporarily or permanently
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