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    I just received my order for a "red" nepenthes bicalarata hybrid a few days back.
    The plant is young and healthy, leaf span of about 12cm diameter across. The young pitchers are about 3.5cm in height. However, when looking at the under side of the lid, I can't seem to locate any fangs??!!
    So is this a Bicalarata? Or will the fangs grow in time?

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    If it is a hybrid, then it might not have inherited the fangs. Young immature pitchers do not have this characteristic yet either (I think).

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    Hmmm. I know i have a photo somewhere that shows it, but i can't find it.

    My plant gave me the same worries, but after about six to nine months it started producing adult pitchers. As long as you got it from a reputable place, there's a really good chance it is bical.
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    This characteristic feature is absent in very young specimens. I would not worry....

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    Yes, young N. bicalcarata pitchers are elongated with no fangs, this is called a "juvenile" pitcher. Usually these pitchers are light green to yellow no matter how much light you give them.

    If you place it in a terrarium with hot days 85-95 and warm nights 70-75), humid (no less than 80%) and brightly lit terrarium (as much light as you can fit over the terrarium) you can quickly grow it out the juvenile period where it will make the stout rounded and fanged pitchers we all know and love. Once the N. bicalcarata hits about 30-45cm diameter it will really begin to grow fast and in a year or so you will be battling a full grown bicalcarata. remember this plant can be 180cm or slightly more, in diameter. This is the average diameter of a dinner table, so best get to work on that giant growing chamber...! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Hi all:

    I just got a nep bicalcarata red X orange from a reputable nursery somewhere in the south pacific. This plant had a leaf span of approximately 20 cm long, but it only had one pitcher, the other one broke off while in transit. Anyway, this pitcher was about 1.5 inches in diameter but it had 2 nice fangs where they supposed to be. The fangs were about 1/16 of an inch each!!. Is this plant older than the one vistary has?. Maybe.

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    If the pitchers were well developed and charachteristic of the species but the plant was still "small" in leaf length then it likely was grown in bright light.
    In higher light the leaves are slower to grow longer (they become thicker and stiffer instead) but the plants pitchers grow bigger and make the transition from juvenile to adult shaped pitchers faster. If you take a well grown Nep and place it in poor lighting it can and often will revert to making juvenile pitchers and long flaccid leaves. I've noticed with some plants that simply moving them a few feet to a even slightly dimmer spot in the same chamber they grew perfect in will cause the leaves to etoliate somewhat and reduce pitcher size...
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    I just fixed the image.
    Ok, I got a reply from Malesiana today, they told me the red N bical I ordered is actually a

    hybrid of bical x gracillis

    does any one have this cross?? Will there be any fangs in the mature pitchers?

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