|Well this a first, as I ID's the pic immediately as a N. 'Cantleyi'. It may vary from bical to bical, but a 12" diameter one "should" have fangs(all the ones of that sized I have seen have, but that is just my observation).|
The giant red bical from Malaysiana all turned out to be hybrids, but I had not heard of what. I would like to see what the plant looks like when it really gets going.
Actually I ordered this plant from Malesiana. They did mention to me that it was some hybrid of the red giant bical. But from the picture in their catalogue, it really look cool, so I went ahead to purchase it. The plant arrived healthy but lack the fangs that I so desired for.
|Quote (Trent @ Oct. 20 2003,10:56)|
|Your plant pictured is still immature. As they get larger, the bical influence becomes more noticeable. *As for which plant bears the seed pod being dominant- normally "mom's" characteristics seem to dominate, but not always. One thing is for sure-no fangs. On a mature plant, there is a pair of beads where the peristome meets the lid. *Also, N. Cantleyi can be both (N. gracilis x N. bicalcarata) and (N. bicalcarata x N. gracilis) These reciprical hybrids carry the same name.[/QUOTE]|
Wow, that's interesting... i've already taken cuttings from it once, and have been growing it for more than a year. How long does it take this plant to mature?
I can't imagine it ever being 12" in diameter, either. It seems far too gracilis-like for that. Perhaps mine is the offspring of a maternal gracilis cross, and the one in question has a bical maternal parent.
Ours puts out leaves up to about 10 inches with pitchers about two inches long. Like gracilis, it sends out frequent ground shoots with short leaves and relatively large ground pitchers in clusters. The leaves are much wider than gracilis, and to me seem more like bicalcarata. It takes several years for them to get up to full size and really perform.
Not sure if it matters much as you have hybrid, but here is a photo of my N. bical 'Red'.
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