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    Thanks for your reply.

    I would like to make a comment on your previous thread regarding plant species interbreeding, which according to botanists, is possible. I was wondering whether the original classification of plants were performed according to the general trend that applies to non-plant life forms.

    As far as i know, species in general can't interbreed. If they do, as it happens with donkeys and horses to produce infertile mules and a couple of other exceptions, why then it has to be different with plants?. Is it possible that botanists never interacted with zoologists hundreds of years ago?

    It sounds like plant science itself developed very much independently from the other sciences, because it follows different rules when it comes to the denomination of species and who know how many other differences we'll find.

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    I don't really know Gus but I agree the deffinitions are different and interbreed/intrabreeding in animals is very uncommon while in the plant kingdom it is very much more common. But since this does seem to be an issue in the plant kingdom, I think that it would rule it out as a good taxonomic factor when trying to classify organism at the genus and species level. It doesn't help much to differentiate between different plants because so many have the ability to inter/intrabreed.
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    Lol. Guinea fowl and Chickens(wich are in seperate FAMILYS) will interbreed! Although the young are sterile they are still strong! I hope that our 2 guinea hens lay eggs soon and crossed with our roosters so we can get guinens
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    That is a crime against nature. Actually, it would be pretty cool if you could interbreed, like a plant and and animal. Like a Bear with a Venus Flytrap.

    This isn't exactly what i meant when i started this topic though.
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    You see Nepenthes master: even topics evolve

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    Oh no! TRIFFIDS!
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    Well as Gus said you cannot measure it with a ruler but I can definately assume that there is a majority of undiscovered habitats and areas where Nepenthes hybrids dwell. Even so they maybe overlooked apart from the obvious.
    The point that gus made is a very interesting one. Although the taxonomy is kept quite simple considering the amount of information there is. I would have thought individuals from a different genus cannot interbeed however if the genus is the same then the species can hybridise. Which therefore N.pervelli is an exception and should be classed in an order of its own.

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    Why is Pervelli so different?
    I didn't know that different genuses could hibridize, although i have wondered what would happen if you crossed a sundew with a Nepenthes. So then you have a climbing plant, and the vine grows like a Nepenthes, turns up like a Nepenthes, and folds in to two halfs revealing sundew tentacles. Hey, that would be pretty cool. If someone would do that, please tell me what the species are and mail one to me. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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