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    Hairs or no hairs?

    I'm curious to know if there's a way to tell if a Nepenthes hybrid will get lid hairs or not. I have a N. (lowii x veitchii)-red x burbidgeae and it's put out its first pitcher for me but no lid hairs. Is it possible that it may in the future? Or if it doesn't have them now, I shouldn't hold me breath?

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    I can't answer your question, but just wanted to say that is a very handsome pitcher!

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    There is probably not much in the way of prediction. I would just wait and hope. Great looking plant tho.

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    Unlikely, but I guess possible.

    Most primary N. lowii hybrids do have hairs when mature, and some don't show up until the intermediate phase.

    I don't think I've ever encountered a complex N. lowii hybrid with hairs, but a couple may show up at some point.

    If you want to obsess about it, go here: http://cpphotofinder.com/Nepenthes.html and comb through complex lowii hybrids to see for yourself.

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    You'll have to wait till it reaches puberty to find out. :P

    But on a serious note, that plant is beautiful!

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    Its very unlikely, especially given that lowii is only a grandparent in the pedigree. The lid bristle trait is very quickly lost when hybridizing lowii, even first generation hybrids.
    Last edited by Whimgrinder; 09-30-2014 at 05:52 AM.

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    I don't think it will for the reasons Whimgrinder stated, but my lowii x boschiana won't show hairs under its lid on the smaller pitchers. However, there are tons of them when it produces a larger pitcher. Only time will tell. Just sit back and wait is all you can do!

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    I agree with Paul. I have seen even many primary lowii hybrids display a lack of hairs.

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