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    Banded Flytrap

    Yesterday, I stopped by a local nursery to get some reeds for an Aldrovanda tank. As I passed through the aisles, on my way to the pond area, I stopped and heard a familiar cry: "Mommy, can I have a flytrap? Please?" And of course, "No, honey, you'd kill it." And he probably would. I picked up a species of Carex (nice variegated one, too) and some cuttings that the manager gave me (a lily and some parrot's feather).

    As I strolled down again to purchase them and leave, I decided that the upright nature of the VFTs was quite nice. I opened the top off of the container and checked. Not limp, so it would be a nice addition to my collection.

    As I went home, I carefully removed that dumb tube that it was is. As I did, I noticed a bright red band under the trap margins (Poor description = pics needed) and some very nice red coloration for a death-cube. Pics to be added.

    And now a question: Do any of you have a plant like it?

    EDIT: Here's a picture that might represent it well. Elgecko, do you mind?

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    Woah! If the traps (all of them, or just one?) stay like that, that would be an awesome plant to have around. Congrats on the find, Clue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petmantis View Post
    Woah! If the traps (all of them, or just one?) stay like that, that would be an awesome plant to have around. Congrats on the find, Clue.
    The old traps, from before the nursery got them, all have the red band under them. Even if they don't produce those same bands all the time, it has nice trap coloration and an upright nature. Two bonuses IMO.
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    Many of my B52s get that particular narrow band along that margin; and what are B52s really, but an out-sized typical flytrap?
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    Did your plant come in a plastic cylindrical tube? If so, I think I have the same exact plant. There was a company in California (can't remember their name now) that distributed a ton of them two years ago. I didn't see any this year, but I'm sure they're producing them out of TC and that means they're all genetically identical.

    My plant will get nice red lines on it if it's growing under good fluorescent lights, but it usually doesn't happen in natural sunlight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmlr38 View Post
    Did your plant come in a plastic cylindrical tube?
    How'd you know? I forgot the company's name, I'll check soon.
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    I've seen those in local grocery stores. I believe they are Botanical Wonders latest kits, not sure though. The Typical I got from the local Grocery Outlet in one of those is doing ok, although it had died back to one leaf and trap when I originally got it.

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    I placed my plant outside in direct sunlight and it did not retain the nice red stripe on the newer leaves.
    I was going to try growing it some different locations to see what might cause it to return, but the plant died in dormancy last year.........


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