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By Astral_Revenant
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Joined:  Wed Oct 15, 2014 10:16 pm
#249019
So, I went into home depot. The one where I bought my first tropical pitcher plant. I scanned, through all the plants there, naturally, looking for a carnivorous plant, hidden among the crowd of other lovely flora. When, I saw, two plants(Both, with the same SKU(449193) & UPC(651840112165), numbers). ;)

They were both the same, obviously. But, the look of it, was so similar to the carnivorous bromeliads(3 known species exist & 2 others are considered to be carnivorous as well), I couldn't, help but grab one, hoping it to be one. :mrgreen:

I did ask, the worker, there to see, if it could be identified, but alas, no luck(It says houseplant & that's it, no detailed name of the plant). But, I noticed, it was sold from hampshire farms, which, also sold the tropical pitcher plant. So, it wouldn't be far fetched to believe, if they would sell a bromeliad or a carnivorous one, without realizing it? :?:

But, pictures are a better way, to understand what I'm trying to describe here. It, does have the funnel cups of a bromeliad & the shedding off the base look to it as well. I noticed a winged insect, latched itself to the interior of one of the leaves & tried crawling up & slid down a bit. :geek:

I'll let you be the judge, here's pics of the plant. Thanks for reading, have a wonderful day, all! 8-)
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By TS 1989
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Joined:  Sun Feb 22, 2015 3:02 pm
#249042
The picture is very blurry. Maybe you can snap a few more picture during noon.

But as you described, a winged insect sliding down the leaf, it might be a sign that the plant is carnivorous. Of course, I had never grown bromeliads so you should wait till others comment.
By Benurmanii
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Joined:  Fri Aug 07, 2015 4:34 pm
#249090
It's hard to tell because of the blurry/dark pictures. They seem to have some of the white scales that other carnivorous bromeliads, such as B. reducta and B. catopsis use. It is possible that this is a catopsis, but hard to tell because the leaves are so dark green. I would put this guy in a spot where you can get as much light as possible. I've been growing my B. reducta directly under lights, but it is still nowhere enough lux to get it to grow like it does in the wild.
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By Astral_Revenant
Posts:  110
Joined:  Wed Oct 15, 2014 10:16 pm
#249115
Thanks for all the replies! ;) I uploaded some better pictures. It does look a bit like catopsis(It could very well be a variant of it or close relative). :P I notice there is powdery stuff on it, somewhat. It could be one of the other two types, maybe? I did notice, it has the same pointed ends, as the catopsis, has(https://www.google.com/search?q=catopsi ... qQ3RQ5M%3A). :mrgreen: Well, have a grand day, all! 8-)
By Astral_Revenant
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Joined:  Wed Oct 15, 2014 10:16 pm
#250905
It looks somewhat similar to a Catopsis but, its probably something else. I do notice, water is able to fill, one of the plants now. After being watered. But, I'm not going to convince myself its something, its not. But, I'll still keep it regardless, because its a nifty looking plant. ;)

It might even be proto-carnivorous, but who knows? For now, I guess. Will, have to do more sleuthing on the matter. :geek:
By Jmn16150
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Joined:  Sun Jun 24, 2012 1:55 am
#253898
It mostly looks like a dracaena of some sort, related to lucky bamboo and the corn plant. When watering these, I woukdn't recommend watering through the middle, as you'll eventually rot it out and kill it.
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By Astral_Revenant
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Joined:  Wed Oct 15, 2014 10:16 pm
#253965
Thanks for the tip, I keep my plants damp - damp-dry(Windowsill grow). :geek: Learned my lessons from the past. Unless, growing in hot conditions, outdoors. ;) It does feel like a good companion plant, with the other cplants & all. Because plants communicate with each other & its probably befriended one of the other plants, it'll be here to stay... FOREVER! :mrgreen:
By poguemahone1031
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Joined:  Wed Sep 24, 2014 5:39 pm
#335994
Looks like it's likely Sansevieria trifasciata 'Hahnii Jade,' due to the lack of markings on the leaves (not sure if regular 'Hahnii' lacks banding on the leaves if the light's low enough, but it could also be a slight possibility due to its prevalence, though it looks more like the 'Jade' variant). http://www.glasshouseworks.com/sansevie ... ahnii-jade
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