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Thread: Next on Springer: "My Nepenthes is a TRANNY!"

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    Next on Springer: "My Nepenthes is a TRANNY!"

    I've heard rumors about this happening, but I wonder if any of you have seen this occur in your own plants: gender switching. I have a BE clone of N. vogelii that flowered 14 months ago, and provided me with loads of pollen, with which I successfully made several crosses.
    A few days ago I was watching that plant and thought to myself - "I need to check again in a couple days to see if there's pollen to collect", and today I looked, and the plant has opened its first half dozen blooms (on two spikes on the ends of two long vines). And guess what? Now its a female! I have two clones of N. vogelii, and last summer they both flowered at the same time and I remember expressing to several friends how disappointed I was that they were both male, as it would have been nice to make species seed. So I have two plants and have seen both flower before, and both were male, so I know I'm not imagining things...
    Anyone here seen this happen?

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    Crazy but that's good!

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    Let´s hope the other one stays male so you can get your species seeds

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    Interesting! Do most of the flowers have 6 sepals instead of the usual 4?
    "I, for one, can't wait to grow Nepenthes extincta!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clue View Post
    Interesting! Do most of the flowers have 6 sepals instead of the usual 4?
    Most have five!

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    Paul, a friend of mine swears that his Nepenthes hamata has also gone the way of Bruce Jenner. All that I can hope is that he used protection when he placed depleted uranium in the moss . . .

    No more Wheaties for me . . .
    “Sì perché l'autorità dell'opinione di mille nelle scienze non val per una scintilla di ragione di un solo . . ."

    -- Galileo "Biff" Galilei

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    Very interesting. Had no idea that could happen. Great close-up pic too by the way.

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    Last edited by SerMuncherIV; 09-12-2015 at 04:03 PM.

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