About a week ago on one of my venus flytraps, an unusual looking trap grew in (picture attached), but it is only one of the traps on the plant (a chimera?). It appears that the cilia on half of the trap didn't grow in properly or grew in fused together. I would like to propagate the tissue so I can get an entire plant with mutated traps, but I am not sure what to do from here. I may be able to tissue culture the trap tissue, but I haven't been able to successfully disinfect any tissue beyond seeds. I am thinking about doing some sort of rapid disinfection tests (any ideas on how?) on traps from the same plant to determine the best way to disinfect the tissue, and once I find the best way perform it on the mutated trap. Any better ideas/recommendations on what to do? Also, any idea much time do I have until the trap dies?
If it's only one trap it's probably a fluke and you won't find much coming after this. And it can be very difficult to prepare tissue to try and tissue culture a specimen, especially since the tissue of a trap is transient and won't last,
Most important thing in a cultivar is the question if it is stable. If the same mutation occurs in say 3 generations of cuttings.. so in cuttings of cuttings of cuttings and in several growing conditions it is probably stable. However if only 1 trap is mutated it is highly unlickely to become a stable mutation.
Grow enough plants and you will observe malformed traps of all sorts with some regularity, particularly in early or late season. In this case, it's one leaf on a plant and many of us have seen similar. If it was all leaves, it might prove of interest.