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    As some of you may know, I've had some trouble with upper
    pitchers of N. lowii becoming distorted as they grow. However,
    of late this seems to have improved greatly, though I'm still
    not sure why. At present, I think it might be due to humidity
    levels, or perhaps related to compost absorbancy. I know that
    I'm not the only person who has seen this phenomenon,
    however....

    Anyway, here is a very recent photo of one of the normally
    shaped pitchers my plant has produced of late. If you look
    carefully at the operculum, you can see the initial appearance
    of the well-known white exudate. After a couple of weeks,
    a thick mat of this substance forms and clings to the hairs
    there.



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    Looking at the pic, it's really hard to doubt the "bird toilet" theory.

    Regards,

    Joe

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    great photo
    one of the best upper pitcher I ever see
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    Jeff, yes that is a great improvment from the last one you posted. what have you raised the humidity to? you stated that it might be realtied to humidity problem that you where having that it might of been to low.
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    Neps,

    The ABG has a plant that exhibits the same distorted pitchers you mentioned and it is growing right next to one that is normal. They were unable to explain it but thought it might just be a fluke.
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    George, I have not measured the increase in the humidity where
    I grow this species, so I cannot provide a quantitative
    assessment of the change in this variable. Am still working
    on trying to obtain a more complete understanding of this
    problem.

    Pyro, what you mention is very interesting! I will have to consult
    the people I know at ABG. It seems reasonable to assume that
    some clones of this species are more prone to upper pitcher
    distortion than others.

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    jeff,

    let us know what the ABG has to say that will be very interesting to find out.
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    It's a lovely pitcher anyway Jeff [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

    I think that distortion of pitchers can be genetic in origin. Here's a photo of a pitcher from one of my N. ampullaria. There are about 15 pitchers on the plant and all have this deformation. I'm wondering what to call it [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]

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