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Thread: Hybridizing (?)

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    I got a question:
    Is there already a hybrid involving veitchii, northiana, and spathulata?

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    Why do you suppse they developed fangs? I don't see any real purpose for them.
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    I think they secreet (SP?) nectar.

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    Oh lol ya know, that would make a cool picture....the fangs dripping with nectar.
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    I'd say that the fangs are part of a mechanism that helps keep larger bugs in. Or birds out, or some such thing. They may have been more pronounced in the past and are now a genetic relic, or they may actually still help. Who knows?

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    Yeah, I assumed that they were meant to keep larger critters in as when the jumped the fangs would get in the way. I think it would also allow ants and whatnot to fall into the pitcher via a highdive.
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    The fangs on bicalcarata do secrete a honey-like substance that attracts ants. Some friends saw bicalcarata in its natural habitat in Mulu Nat'l Park and observed ants foraging out to the fang tips, losing their footing, and falling into the pitcher. The fangs are posed directly over the pool of fluid in the pitcher.

    That great Nepenthes nursery in Australia has a female spathulata and several clones of veitchii x northiana. I'm sure they've made hybrids involving all three species.

    Tony, I believe bical x (bical x raff) has been made, and it looks exactly like what you would expect.

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    The largest bicac in our colection is in the public CP house. Nectar droplets regularly form on all the bicalcs here, but the big hog in the CP house has regular visits from ants. On the tip of each fang is a nectar gland and this is the very favorite spot for the ants to visit.



    The ants I have here are most active at night, and when I unlock in the morning you can watch them jocky for possition on the ends of bicalc fangs. Of course, if anyone looses thier footing, it's into the soup!



    I love watching them.

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