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    Hello,

    I left my lowland plants in my room outside of their terrarium for about 24 hours, and most of them survived fine. The rafflesiana pitchers look a little dessicated, but the plant is fine. I turned the heater on so my room was about 85 degrees, but I didn't think to mist (doh). Check out how temperamental my bicalcarata was:

    Ouch...

    The reason I'm posting about the bical, is I'm curious why mine looks so different. Its not squat and bulbous like other ones I have seen, its mostly thin and cylindrical (although a little more squat now). Is it because it's not mature? Do other people have young bicals that look like this? I haven't ever seen any pics like mine. Here is a shot of one of the pitchers:



    Just curious.

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    My bical is very small but the pitchers so far are closer to long than squat. Sorry I have no pics though.

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    That's OK.. Does it look like mine?

    Pat

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    Yes....very much so. Perhaps like me, it gets fatter as it gets older.
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    At first I thought it was a bicalcarata X gracilis or a bical X mirabilis (Don't know whether that exists...), but after I saw the close up, I can tell you thats definetely a bical (looks like mine, only that mine's drying up looks 'dead' now...please see page 3 of the boards to see whether you can help...nooo...

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    perishing by de second...

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    Dang, Pat! That's just 24 hours of lower humidity? Could you hazzard a guess as to just how low the humidity was? I mean, was your room THAT dry?
    On your other question, what is the diameter of the plant? I have one that's maybe 5", and the pitchers are already getting squat. The first couple were a little elongated, but nothing like that. Does your plant have fangs? If not, it may be a hybrid. If it does have fangs, it's surely a bical, as the fangs (to my knowledge) never show up in bical hybrids.
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    My room is pretty dry... The humidity meter says 40% right now, but who knows how accurate those things are.

    The diameter of the plant is eight inches. You can't see the fangs because the humidity made the lid curl down. Here is an older picture with fangs exposed:
    [img]http://home.**********.com/trashcan/images/n_bicalcarata.jpg[/img]

    I bought the plant from MT a long time ago, and lost the label when I moved. I noticed they have two varieties for sale, so I was wondering if I had a different variety possibly than most people. Or just a poorly grown plant.

    Check out the difference in the pictures shown for the two varieties on MT's site:
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