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By MattBrocchini
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#384481
For a few years I had flytraps and pitchers growing together, but some of my flytraps were lost when a squirrel dug up one of the pots and the others failed over the past two years. I can't find any sign of a flytrap anymore, I think the cause may have been accumulated minerals.

In any case, I'm now seeing this bloom, which looks kind of but not quite like a flytrap flower spike to me:
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Here's a closer look, with a visitor:
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Here's what I see at the base of the stalk... no sign of anything:
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Thanks for any ideas you might have!
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By Panman
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#384482
It does look like a flytrap stalk. I see that at the base of the stalk is covered by carpet moss. That could be covering a flytrap rhizome and the flower could be its last ditch effort to propagate. I'd pull up the moss and see what is growing underneath it.
By MattBrocchini
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#384486
Actually, looking more closely I am pretty sure it is from a sundew... there are a few sundew "arms" that appear to be attached to this flower spike. And looking at pics of sundew blossoms, there are some that look pretty close.
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By Panman
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#384487
I'd still try to check under that carpet moss. Sundew scapes tend to be thinner than the flower stalk of flytraps.
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By ChefDean
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#384520
Looking at the first three pics, I was thinking binata due to the seemingly random flowers rather than inline. I have a binata var multifida in between blooms right now, and that's what it looks like.
After seeing the last pic, with the binata arms, I'm going to put my money on it being a binata stalk.
By MattBrocchini
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#384531
Yes for sure it is the sundew, I did uncover the moss and found it connected to the forked leaves. Thank you for the ID. Is there any point in trying to save seeds or will it not self pollinate?
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By ChefDean
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There are only a couple of binata variants that are self compatible, but I believe none are self pollinating. You need two genetically different plants to get seeds in most cases. But it wouldn't hurt to try.

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