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By evenwind
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This is a very twisted up gigantea hybrid. It's been growing alongside my other Mexipings - full spectrum fluorescents on daylight hours +2 , household humidity/temps, tray method, Zerowater 0ppm water. Medium is an all mineral mix, based on Turface. Anybody know what's going on? Thanks.
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By DeadlyCarnivore
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That is very interesting... Take some leaf pullings and see if they keep doing it?

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By Nepenthes0260
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Once something like that happened to one of my agnatas when coming out of its succulent phase. It produced twisty, deformed leaves until late spring, then just started growing normal leaves like nothing happened. I didn't repot it or give it any extra care other than my other Mex pings.
By twitcher
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I see from the tags that it is a complex cross with medusina, if not mistaken. I believe medusina is a bit unusual for a ping and wonder it that has some influence since it can do leaf-tips plant generation.

In any case it would be very nice if this could be propagated vegetatively. I hope you will give it a try. W all like to see the unusual.

Also would like to hear more about its origins and genetic history.

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By evenwind
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While this was going on, I took a more thorough look thru my other trays and found another ping well on the way to twisty-hood. As it turns out, it's the same cross - I'd forgotten that I'd split it at the last repotting. As you can see, the upper leaves appear normal while the two lower fans are tight and a bit twisted. Since the two parts were grown in separate trays and none of the plants in between them look weird, I've got to eliminate external factors like soil or bugs and go with genetics. Personally, while I can see an interest in cloning the tighter twisted one, the other just looks a bit unkempt - at least to me.

As far as the original cross, I got it from an eBay seller named "Joseph P Hovan" but I don't think he's still active. I have no other knowledge of it.
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By twitcher
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I would still try to propagate both plants. If its a chimera, one mau end up more stable than the other. It might take some time and propagation efforts to find out the eventual nature.

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