Nepenthes are capable of being crossed to produce complex, stunning hybrids, like this one.
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Among the many unusual forms of this species is the winged-tendril form, known under the epithet var. alata. Most often recorded in the wild in plants from Borneo, this form is sought after for the unusual appearance created by frilled "wings" that run down both sides of the tendril. Another unusual feature of this form of plant is that the wings appear to be inheritable, with the offspring of var. alata plants often showing the winged tendril as well. It is not known if this characteristic is a sport mutation in the genetics of the plant, an ancient trait passed down from a time when the pitchers were directly attached to leaves and not tendrils, or possibly a mix of both. If it is an ontogenetic trait originating from ancient genes, it could explain why the feature is directly heritable.
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An unusual form of Drosera capillaris has been reported numerous times in the southeastern pat of its US range, through Florida and parts of the surrounding states. This form often has much larger leaves with greatly elongated petioles that have led some to believe these may be polyploid fertile hybrid swarms between D. intermedia and D. capillaris. These plants, however, still retain defining characteristics such as telltale stipules at the base of the leaves that are identical to other D. capillaris, and a general leaf lamina shape that also matches the species, and not any confirmed hybrids. To add to the confusion, many of these strange, prolific plants have been found to have plant parts and cell diameters that are twice the size of other specimens of the same species, a strong suggestion of previous polyploid hybridization.
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A famous but very uncommon variety of D. spatulata is the cultivar 'Tamlin'. This cultivar can grow to over 4 inches across, with bright red leaves and white flowers. When grown in dense clumps, the leaves will hold a semi-vertical postion.
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