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    How many trigger hairs are normal for a typical VFT? The reason I ask is because I was looking at my typicals the other day, and some of the traps (.50 to .75" long) have like 8 trigger hairs on each lobe, giving 12-16 on the trap. I've never noticed this before, so this could be normal. I can get some pictures of them tomorrow if needed.
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    Three per lobe is usual, although if one is missing or doubled up it is usually (but not always) the center trigger. The maximum I've seen so far on any of my plants is 10 total.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Not a Number View Post
    Three per lobe is usual, although if one is missing or doubled up it is usually (but not always) the center trigger. The maximum I've seen so far on any of my plants is 10 total.
    Alright so one of my plants I counted 16 trigger hairs, I assume this is a little unusual? It's not just some of the traps, but all the traps on this plant have excessive amounts of trigger hairs (6-8 per lobe).
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    That sounds pretty unusual to me. Do you have photos of it? I'd love to see it. I think that there is a named clone in circulation that has an excessive number of trigger hairs. It might be "Alien" or "Freak", but I can't recall for sure.

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    Yep here are some pictures of it, I had a hard time getting it in focus so you can see all the trigger hairs, but it's clear enough that I think you can count them all. I counted 17 or 18 I think on this particular trap.





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    Wow, I've never seen so many! Are they consistent, on every leaf?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexis View Post
    Wow, I've never seen so many! Are they consistent, on every leaf?
    Well right now only 2 traps on this plant are open (the other are new or have bugs in them) but the two on this plant but have 16 and 18 trigger hairs respectively.
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    Very cool! Great photos too.

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