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    Hi VFT enthusiasts,
    I seem rather confused by certain cultivars of VFT
    I come across names like Dentate, Sawtooth, Shark's Tooth, Red Piranha;

    What's the difference between a Dentate and a Shark's Tooth?

    Also how can I distinguish a Akai Ryu from a Royal Red?

    Are there any photos to illustrate the differences?

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    Go to Carnivorous Plant Photo Finder it might help you.Bob Ziemer's page.


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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (vistary @ Dec. 13 2003,10:49)]Hi VFT enthusiasts,
    I seem rather confused by certain cultivars of VFT
    I come across names like Dentate, Sawtooth, Shark's Tooth, Red Piranha;

    What's the difference between a Dentate and a Shark's Tooth?

    Also how can I distinguish a Akai Ryu from a Royal Red?

    Are there any photos to illustrate the differences?
    Dentate is short stubs for hairs, shark's tooth is two hairs fused together. Red Piranha is an all red Dentate. Akai Ryu looks like it's about to die and take 500billion watts of electricity to actually be red(exageration) and royal red doesn't... royal red is more "Orange" Although it is tricky to tell them appart.
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    Check out the ICPS for original descriptions for registered cultivars.

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    cool85k5 : Thanks for the links, but which is the link to Bob Ziemer's page?

    Darcie: Thanks for your comments. I think "Shark's Tooth" cultivars do not have tooth that are fused together. Those with tooth that are fused together are called "Fused Tooth"

    Tony Paroubek: Thanks. I think the ICPS page on VFT cultivars is very useful. However not all cultivars are mentioned. But what I found was a cultivar named "Jaws". Is "jaws" the same as "sharks' tooth" ?

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    Fused Tooth have webbing along all the teeth "fusing" them together. The Sharktooth's have every two teeth stuck together so they have these big spikey-like teeth. Jaws and Sharktooth's are different, but I don't remember how. I think it's just two clones with similar mutation.
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    Dentate and Dente are the same plant. They have short, triangular teeth.
    Shark's Tooth Dentate is just the same except it has longer, more erect petioles. It also seems to turn just pink in the traps, whereas Dentate/Dente can go quite a deep red.
    Sawtooth and Dentata are probably the same plant. The teeth are like bristles.
    Red Piranha is completely red and grows mostly erect petioles. It is in effect a red Shark's Tooth Dentate.
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    Hey, why don't we go to the ICRA or IRA to see what's up with VFT cultivars:

    List of cultivar names registered for VFTs

    The only ones that are accepted (published with all necessaries to complete the cultivar registration process), are the ones with a date after the "HC:".
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