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    Alata Identification

    Hi all,

    Re. the attached picture, can anyone spot the variant/lineage? It's been driving me insane trying to figure it out, and what's worse in the month that I've had it in the greenhouse, it's gone from almost entirely green to having the yellowing peristome, red wings & veins and spotted hood. So every time I look I may as well be looking for a different variant, infuriating!

    An Alata variant of some kind.

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    It appears to be a typical garden store N. x ventrata, which is a hybrid between N. ventricosa and N. alata.

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    I wouldn't bank on that just yet. It could be the famous "x ventrata" but with a pitcher at that stage of development it may also be one of the graciliflora variants.
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    This plant is more than likely x ventrata. The peristome looks a bit too robust to be pure alata or graciliflora. Another pitcher or 2 should give it away for sure. The source may also be the answer, where did you get it ?

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    90% sure that's Ventrata. The peristome and lid is ventricosa-influenced IMO, and gracilliflora is more angular, defined, with (generally) a smaller "butt".

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    The pitcher base looks too bulbous to be graciliflora, and the peristome has scalloping and ribbing that suggests ventricosa parentage. I'm putting my money on ventrata.

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    The bottom of the pitchers on N.graciliflora would actually be more bulbous than the plant pictured above, not less so.






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    Oops, never realized. Thanks!

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