I’m done with growing Dionaea ‘Fused Tooth’. I have seen everything I wanted to see from this cultivar. It has been adult for years and looks more or less the same every year. On top of that, it refuses to divide, so I could not even get a little forest of it. Also, a Venus flytrap is supposed to catch prey, but ‘Fused Tooth’ is completely unable to do it due to the crippled bristles. This has always bothered me.
The plant has a new home in Belgium with a passionate Dionaea collector. I’m sure he will take good care of it.
While the plant did not produce any single basal offshoot—a very common way for Dionaea to propagate—in more than ten years of growth, it is suddenly producing a new plantlet on its first-ever flower stalk, as a testament to its tormented genes. The phenomenon is called “false vivipary”, and can occur on any venus flytrap. Some cultivars are more prone to it though.
So what to do with this? I could either take it off and plant it as a cutting, or leave it as is and see what happens. Out of laziness curiosity, and because it looks cool, I chose the latter. The result? No need for suspense, so without further ado: it died.
Just like the Universe, the world of Dionaea cultivars seems to expand endlessly, as growers all over the world discover weird mutations and name them accordingly. ‘Fused Tooth’ was one of the first really deviant form of Venus flytrap, so it made quite a bit of buzz in the mid-2000, shortly after Thomas Carow registered it as an official cultivar. As of 2007, it was still scarce in collections, but I managed to get a very young specimen from a member of the CPUK forum.
It took years for my ‘Fused Tooth’ to become a fully grown specimen. The colors are great, but I have never been a fan of traps that are distorted to the point of hampering the catching process.