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    Does anyone out there know what this plant is? I'm assuming it is a hybrid but what are the parents? I just bought one cheaply and I suspect my N. maxima may be a N. Gentle. Any help would be appreciated.

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    I'm pretty sure N. X Gentle is a hybrid of N. maxima x N. fusca. I say this as my "N. X Gentle" looks a whole lot like N. fusca (infact almost exactly). It doesn't seem to start climbing as quickly as N. fusca though.

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    I agree. N. Gentle (marketed in some areas as N. 'Cornbak') appears to have a wavy leaved form of maxima as mom and N. fusca as dad. Ours are in bloom right now. It is a male.

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    Trent,

    Is N. "Cornelius Bak" the exact same plants as N. 'Gentle'?
    The only person I know who has the former is Clyde Bramblett.

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    It's the same.

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    OK, Here is another question. What are the key differences between a pure N. maxima and a N x gentle?

    Thanks again for all the help.

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    Pure maxima would be the species as found growing in the wild. N. 'Gentle' is a horticultural hybrid. It is man-made. Anyone who is familiar with the described characteristics of N. maxima could look at N. 'Gentle' and see that it is not pure maxima. It appears that another species, N. fusca, is one of the parents of N. 'Gentle' . N. 'Gentle' carries characteristics of both N. maxima and N. fusca.

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    Trent,

    Would you please clarify the differences for us who don't grow these species yet and can only look at pictures? Is there a difference in markings, pitcher and leaf shape, tendril length, hairs, distance between nodes, etc.?

    SF

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