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    Pitcher Slime?

    Has anyone ever heard of a pitcher producing slime? It's a very dark green color. It's a new vogelii, and I noticed there was something black inside the pitcher, but I disregarded it until I realized there was more. I tipped the pitcher upside down a few moments ago and this black stuff oozed out. To describe it best, it's the consistency of a very slimy booger, but it's a dark green/black/brown. Not even sure what to begin thinking it may be. Not a slug, that thought crossed my mind, bit it's not alive. The only thing that went into the pitcher was maybe two teaspoons of distilled water to fill it up and a single ant added a few days later. That was actually a few days after I brought it home, and this issue arose just a day or so ago. When I noticed the slime, the pitcher lid was beginning to wilt, and now part of the peristome is as well. The plant is very healthy and just put out a new leaf with a forming pitcher, and another leaf is coming right behind it. Any ideas of what it could be? It slid way down into the bottom of the pitcher to where I can't get a picture of it anymore, that is, after I tipped it to see if the stuff would come out.

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    Similar thing happened with my Ventrata. After I cut off a pitcher it secreted a very thick clear slime. When I touched it it had the texture of a watery jello and it started to burn after a while. I'm guessing it must be some form of digestive enzyme or something like that...

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    Maybe it's algae or bacterial slime. I imagine the pitcher naturally decayed and lost the ability to produce an acidic environment to inhibit these things...
    Last edited by WallaceGrover; 02-08-2012 at 06:22 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric_N View Post
    Similar thing happened with my Ventrata. After I cut off a pitcher it secreted a very thick clear slime. When I touched it it had the texture of a watery jello and it started to burn after a while. I'm guessing it must be some form of digestive enzyme or something like that...
    Yup, just like that, but my stuff is black. I was afraid to touch it before you even said that, now I don't think I want to go near it. Might just cut the pitcher off and throw it in the trash.

    Quote Originally Posted by WallaceGrover View Post
    Maybe it's algae or bacterial slime. I imagine the pitcher naturally decayed and lost the ability to produce an acidic environment to inhibit these things...
    Possibly. Though I don't see it growing in any of the old pitchers on any other nep I have.

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    It is worth bearing in mind that certain Nepenthes make a very viscous fluid in their pitchers. N. jamban makes gloop that is really gluey: dip a toothpick into the pitcher and a long thread of mucus stays attached to the toothpick, just like clear glue. Perhaps that is something the vogelii is doing. I will have to go investigate what mine does.

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    pictures?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whimgrinder View Post
    It is worth bearing in mind that certain Nepenthes make a very viscous fluid in their pitchers. N. jamban makes gloop that is really gluey: dip a toothpick into the pitcher and a long thread of mucus stays attached to the toothpick, just like clear glue. Perhaps that is something the vogelii is doing. I will have to go investigate what mine does.
    Seriously?! Didn't know neps were that capable of such things. I feel the need to buy a jamban now...

    That makes sense that it could be just that, however, the color is what throws me off. If it weren't for the color, I wouldn't be worried.

    Quote Originally Posted by LeafKirby View Post
    pictures?


    There was a big glob of it inside the pitcher that formed a seal all the way across, and when I shook the pitcher, it made that distinct wobbly-sucky sound. Not sure what happened to the rest of it, as it seemingly disappeared, but a tiny glob got stuck on the pitcher lid. You can see the green-black color, but it's slimy like a booger. I didn't think of it as algae because usually algae isn't sticky. As you can see, the peristome is turning black, so WallaceGrover's theory may be correct, if it is algae.

    Now that I reread WallaceGrover's comment, I see the words, "bacterial slime"... That may be an accurate ID. What would cause it and where would it come from?

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    I still have no idea.
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