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    Is this a ventrata or ventricosa?

    Hey all.

    I have a young nepenthes from Lowe's that was marked ventricosa and it does have one true pitcher that looks like a ventricosa, but it has another pitcher that looks more ventrata like.

    Here's the ventricosa-like pitcher.







    And here's the ventrata-like pitcher.



    Which do you guys think it is? has anyone even seen something like this?

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    It can he tricky if you only use pitchers to identify nepenthes.But yours look just like my ventrata.

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    It looks like a ventrata, but I could be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allysnapper View Post
    It can he tricky if you only use pitchers to identify nepenthes.But yours look just like my ventrata.
    I always thought that the pitchers of a nepenthes would be the best way to identify one. Here's a photo of the whole plant.



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    It's impossible to tell at this point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benurmanii View Post
    It's impossible to tell at this point.
    Then I guess I'll just have to grow it and see.
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    Im not going to speak in certainties, because like others before me have said its very hard to tell at this age, but that is likely ventrata. I've grown nine N. ventricosas of differeing variety, the leaves on a ventricosa have more a gentle rounding (compared to your plant which has "sharp" leaves), and the coloring on my ventricosas of that size was always very linear. By that I mean the pitchers were split in half by the red/yellow portion. Example of one of my ventricosas when it was young:



    Note the pitcher coloring. Also note the "bell" bottom isnt overly developed like your pitcher is. All of my ventricosas were very cylindrical when young.

    Now here is a young ventrata:




    Looks much more like your plant there.

    But like I said, I could be wrong. Thats my 2 cents on the matter at least.
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    I'd like to echo Sashoke's sentiment that N. ventricosa and its close relatives have a very visibly distinct coloration differentiation between the digestive zone and the slippery zone of the pitcher. This trait is prominent not only in N. ventricosa but the same can be said for the young seedlings of N. barcelonae, which is a close relative to N. ventricosa, as well as even my N. burkei x hamata which is displaying the trait prominently.

    That being said, your plant appears to have a considerable distinction of coloration in that regard. I am actually going to take the unpopular stance on this issue and suggest that your plant could very well be a variety of N. ventricosa. However as others have stated it is at a very hazy age currently and only some maturation in the pitchers will truly demonstrate whether it is pure N. ventricosa or not.
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