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    you lucky son of a gun! lol
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    Tony is absolutely right. The passiflora is not a true CP. One of the "rules" with CP is that the traps are never the flowers. Traps are always vegetative. This makes sense if you think about it. If you were a plant and your flowers were carnivorous you would have no way to spread your genes to another individual. You would trap all your pollinators.

    Now, I know that some of you may have examples of plants (like orchids for example) that trap insects for a period of time as part of the pollination process. This, of course , is not carnivory. Attract, trap, digest. Many flowers attract and trap insects, but with out digestion, itís not a true CP.

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    The carnivorous nature of P.foetida was based on flawed research. Take a look on the cpuk forum:Passiflora foetida - carnivory a students joke ?!

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    The most recent studies on P. foetida (the goat-scented passionflower) determined the plant is NOT carnivorous. Although it has sticky bracts around the flowers, the plant does not benefit nutritionally from the insects entrapped in them. The bract may serve another purpose for the plant but it is not carnivorous.

    However, that does not take away from the beauty of P. foetida and the interesting bracts. As far as I know, it is the only passiflora with such bracts.

    And Sunpitcher...please remember, that just because you "read it on the internet" doesn't make it true. Plant research and studies are on-going all the time and data is constantly being revised. But sometimes it takes people a while to update their website and some people never do. I have seen that FAQ too but its also been there for years and years so its older information. The newest info says...not carnivorous.
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