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    I know I'm risking this thread being a bit of a joking fest but here goes....

    I was doing a late night check last night on my glasshouse, and noticed that many of my neps were producing quite large amounts of nectar from the pitchers. This is much more than usual and coinciding with a recent bout of rapid pitcher growth and increased pitcher size in many of my plants.

    So... being a bit of a sniffer and taster I dabbed a few for a taste test. Vetntricosa, Alata, Raff and a few others were as expected... syrupy and sweet with little other flavour.

    However, I then tried a bit from a Maxima pitcher. Wholly cow... what a nasty after-taste. I can't explain what it was like other than very strong and kind of 'sickly'.

    Now, I know most of you will have done the same thing but have you experience nectar that had a strong taste (other than the sweetness)? AND... any thoughts as to why?

    My best guess is simply to add to the attractiveness of the nectar, and therefore pitcher, to prey.

    Aaron.

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    i think it attracts prey. the same thing with flowers, my mom's asiatic star gazer lillies are dripping with nectar in the center, and i tasted it and it was sweet [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] in the case of a flower, it's to attract pollinators, not prey.

    i think, that MAYBE the maxima had a bad taste becuase it contained considerably higher levels of the narcotic that intoxicates insects?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]i think, that MAYBE the maxima had a bad taste becuase it contained considerably higher levels of the narcotic that intoxicates insects?
    Good thought.

    I'd love to get it tested some how to see what it was made up of.

    Aaron.

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    I like truncata, rajah, and alata and bical. Al others are not really neither tasty nor sweet.

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    hey everyone,

    you all getting drunk on nep nectar? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

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    Hi Aaron:

    I think I know the reason why the maxima digestive fluid was sickly. Maybe the pitcher contained a decomposing insect body inside!

    Nep nectars are not beer mate!. Is there a pub near you? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]

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    LOL.

    Nectar, not pitcher fluid Gus. I would NEVER try the fluid...YUCK!

    Fluid being what is inside the bottom of the pitcher (i.e digestive fluid).

    Nectar being the sticky viscous stuff that is produced on the lid, peristome, etc.

    Though... maybe you could ferment/brew the pitcher fluid? Maybe a whole new range of healthy beverages

    [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

    Aaron.

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    I've tasted ventricosa x truncata, and that was like honey. Tasty! Also quite viscous.

    I then tried campanulata (mine makes a lot of nectar), which was much thinner (more liquidy), and less sweet.
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