I recently got this plant from a friend, but I never got the name of it. I think from the looks of it, it might be in the carnivore family.

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    That plant is not looking well. It might be a venus flytrap grown under very low light. Can you provide a close up of the end of the leaf?
    – kevinskio
    Dec 9 '13 at 19:46
  • I will take a picture tomorrow in the better sunlight. However, I do have a flytrap as well and the differences between the 2 are big. The only reason why I suspect this is a carnivore plant is cause there is a small drosera plant growing on the side.
    – Rudolph
    Dec 9 '13 at 20:38
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    VFT's normally have white flowers. Its in rough shape whatever it is. Some drosera's have lavender flowers so this could be the mother plant to the smaller one.
    – BRM
    Dec 9 '13 at 22:29
  • Looks a bit like a very unhappy sundew, but even if the pictures didn't show it I'd guess you would have mentioned the leaf hairs in that case, so unless new pictures show otherwise... IM limited E I suspect you have low odds of pulling it through from where it's at; but perhaps that's just me.
    – Ecnerwal
    Oct 10 '14 at 17:49

I am guessing wildly here, but it looks like a pitcher plant, and not a Nepenthes (because their pitchers are sort of recurved extensions to the leaf rather than the whole leaf themselves), so something in Sarraceniaceae... the flowers don't look "wrong" to me, but I am not an expert...

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    the flower structurally looks ok, but all of the examples I am seeing are pendulous... rather than an erect panicle. Oct 10 '14 at 17:34

Do NOT fertilize it.

If you think it's a carnivore, then it needs very acid, very low nutrient soil. All the ones I'm familiar with grow in bogs -- damp sphagnum moss and peat. They are tough to keep happy in modern dry houses.

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    all good suggestions but the question is what kind of carnivorous plant is it?
    – kevinskio
    Oct 10 '14 at 11:06
  • The OP 'thought' it might be a carnivore. I was giving him criteria to help decide if it was a carnivore or not. Jun 4 '15 at 14:11

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