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    I just got a new VFT, and I was hoping someone could help me ID it. As close as I can tell it's a Walmartus Specialus...but what do I know. I'd also be interested in how you can tell the difference; I can ID some of the more common Drosera now with reasonable accuracy, but all VFTs look the same to me. I'd really love to learn how to ID them.

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    Looks like a typical VFT to me, it has some faint pink coloration in the traps. It looks like it could use some more light, but otherwise it looks healthy.

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    Thanks. I would agree about the light comment; I'm slowly acclimating it to sunlight now as I just bought it a couple days ago.

    Do you happen to know what the scientific name for a typical VFT is? What other types are there?

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    There is only one species of VFT, Muscipula. The genus is Dionaea. Even though there is only the Dionaea Muscipula, there are many forms, such as those in this quick list taken from wikipedia:

    * Dionaea 'Akai Ryu'
    * Dionaea 'Big Mouth'
    * Dionaea 'Clayton's Red Sunset'
    * Dionaea 'Clumping Cultivar'
    * Dionaea 'Dentate'
    * Dionaea 'Dentate Traps'
    * Dionaea 'Dente'
    * Dionaea 'Fused Tooth'
    * Dionaea 'Jaws'
    * Dionaea 'Kinchyaku'
    * Dionaea 'Red Piranha'
    * Dionaea 'Red Rosetted'
    * Dionaea 'Royal Red'
    * Dionaea 'Sawtooth'

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    I see, thank you. I thought all of those names in your list were 'common names' for different species, similar to the way Drosera work. Still lots to learn...

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    As folks said, there is only one species of VFT: Dionaea muscipula. As with any species, there is genetic variability and growers have named some of the plants that are "different". Some of these names have been registered as official cultivars. The convention for a registered cultivar name is to use single quotes: Dionaea 'cultivar'. The official cultivars can be found at
    http://www.omnisterra.com/bot....ltivars

    In addition, there are numerous local names that growers have given to plants that they think look different or can sell for a higher price. Many of these are well within the range of typical variability or are the expression of local growing conditions. The convention for these unregistered local names is to use double quotes: Dionaea "myplant"

    Links to a lot of photos can be found at
    http://www.humboldt.edu/~rrz7001/Dionaea.html

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    Also, I would strongly suggest picking up a copy of Savage Garden Cultivating Carnivorus Plants by Peter D'amato. It is a CP grower's Bible!

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (EvoWake @ Aug. 02 2006,1:22)]Also, I would strongly suggest picking up a copy of Savage Garden Cultivating Carnivorus Plants by Peter D'amato. It is a CP grower's Bible!
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