- Tue Sep 22, 2020 5:56 pm
I am certainly no geneticist, but I've done enough crosses over the years to have some working knowledge of most of the cultivars in my collection and how "genetic" some traits are. The cupped trap of Triton is genetic, as I've had several offspring from it have that trait. But it doesn't happen in a high percentage of the seeds from Triton, so it must be recessive. Also, the ones that did have the cupping were also very, very green plants with very little red pigmentation, so perhaps the cupping gene is closely tied to the green gene...not sure.
I've germinated several hundred Cupped Trap seeds too and not a single one of them had the cupped traps of the parent plant.
But both red-leafed pigmentation and the cupping of Triton seem to be recessive. The red pigmentation seems to happen about 65% of the time when two red-leafed flytraps are crossed, but it is far lower when one of the parents is not red-leafed.
I'd suspect that it might take a few generations of inbreeding and lots and lots of seeds to get a red-leafed Triton. So it would be a multi-year project for someone!!
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