If there is a Queen Heliamphora, it most certainly is H. macdonaldae! It is considered by many the most beautiful in the genus because of its stately yellow-green pitchers with crimson red veined waxy interiors and handsome ruby red spoons. A lining of small rim hairs at the opening enhances the appeal. Spectacular! Heliamphora macdonaldae was one of the earliest species to be discovered (together with H. tatei and the now synonymous H. tyleri) during the Tyler-Duida Expedition organized by the American Museum of Natural History in 1928. It is known to occur at altitudes of 1500-2300m on the summit of Cerro Duida and surrounding hills and tepuis in a remote inaccessible area of the Venezuelan rainforest. Although the species has been known for many years, the remoteness of its habitat has made seed collection and its consequent introduction in horticulture difficult, and so it’s only recently become available. The habitat of this species consists of exposed, waterlogged areas, often surrounded by scrub vegetation. Generally, plants form a compact rosette on the ground, holding few live pitchers at a time, surrounded by several dead ones. On rare occasion, very old specimen can form an upright stem up to 30cm. The plants typically grow singly and are sparsely scattered. Pitchers can reach up to 40cm in height (though usually around 30cm) and are elongated in the upper part with a low waist where a drainage hole is present. In cultivation, plants remain more compact, though similarly holding only few live pitchers at a time, and do not produce stems. This incredible species is a steady grower, and every new pitcher is a joy to watch unfold! Finally available! (Gleason, 1931)
NEPENTHES DIABOLICA ( “RED HAIRY HAMATA” / “RHH” )Nepenthes diabolica! Discovered in 2004, and long known as “Red Hairy Hamata” (“RHH”), this incredibly rare and beautiful species is finally both formally named and available for addition to your collection! Arguably the most exciting and sought after addition since Nepenthes edwardsiana. Known from only a single small and isolated population on an undisclosed mountain in Central Sulawesi, N. diabolica grows towards the summit (2200-2300m) in high-montane mossy forest, primarily as a low-epiphyte in moss attached to the base of tall trees. It is a true highlander/ultrahighlander.Resembling the famous N. hamata, N. diabolica (Latin for "diabolical" or "devilish" ) takes the evil and ominous look to the next level. While easily differentiated from the former by stem and leaves alone, it is really the red colouration and enlarged, hooked peristome teeth that give this species it’s terrifying appearance and name. The pitchers are beautiful! Most striking relative to N. hamata are their smaller size, red hue and hairy coat. The lower pitchers are diminutive and tubby, and are orangy-red to almost deep maroon-purple in colour. The entire outer pitcher surface is covered in a dense layer of short, fine reddish-brown hairs (indumentum) which give them an unmistakable look and from which the coloquial name “Red Hairy Hamata” was derived. These are accompanied by bold, matching wings that run the length of the pitchers. The peristome can range from a pale creamy-yellow, through an almost luminous yellow-green (which creates a striking contrast with the dark pitchers), to the bright and glossy ruby red colour of the prominent and highly developed sickle-shaped ‘teeth’ we know so well from N. hamata. These wicked looking ‘teeth’ line the peristome forming a row of inward pointing hooks, gradually angling forward as the peristome neck rises to meet the pitcher lid. Combined, all these features create a bold and striking image that cannot be mistaken for anything else. They are incredibly unique and striking.Once vining, N. diabolica produces larger linear leaves and large, more elongated upper pitchers. Upper pitchers are cylindrical and, unlike in N. hamata, prominent wings are retained and the peristome ‘teeth’ become reduced in size, rather than more exagerated. The red colouration is also retained, with upper pitchers being beautifully mottled in varying degrees of yellow-greens, oranges and reds, some plants being entirely a uniform red. In many ways the uppers are much more stunning and painterly than those of N. hamata, with colouration at times reministent of a poorly painted N. glabrata. They really are gorgeous!Cultivation Guidelines:Light: Indirect or dappled light. Seems to prefer more shaded positions. Leaves redden easily.Temperature: True highland/ultrahighland conditions. Requires cool night time temperatures. Will not tolerate high temperatures!Growing medium: An open, mossy but well-draining mix. A mix of high quality sphagnum moss with horticultural-grade perlite, a bit of good quality peat-moss and pine bark works well. The proportion of Sphagnum in the mix should ideally be quite high. Ensure good drainage!Extra notes on Cultivation: Requires high humidity levels.Difficulty: This species appears to be a finicky and fragile grower, requiring rather specific ultrahighland conditions, and even then grows rather slowly, especially when young. Not an easy species to cultivate well. It is therefore recommended for more experienced growers.EXTREMELY LIMITED SUPPLY!
The legendary Nepenthes x "Smilodon", a hybrid of N. hamata and N. diabolica, formerly known as N. sp. "Red hairy hamata". As the old trivial name of N. diabolica indicates, both species are very similar. Both strongly toothed, N. hamata black, N. diabolica red and extremely hairy, even on the pitchers. The sought-after N. x "Smilodon" shows very dark, purple pitchers with a velvety exterior and pitch-black, shiny peristome and conspicuously large teeth. The lid is hairy.Initial experience with the hybrid shows a very fast-growing plant in which striking leaf jumps are not uncommon. Also the sensitivity of N. diabolica is no longer noticeable in the hybrid.
Nepenthes edwardsiana is the king of all nepenthes, discovered over a century ago on the slopes of Mount Kinabalu, later on to be found growing on Mount Tambuyukon as well. It grows at altitudes of 1600-2700 meters, both as a terrestrial, epiphyte, and lithophyte.This species is truly a must have for any serious collector with little need for an introduction! Nepenthes edwardsiana is one of the largest of all species in the genus, producing pitchers up to fifty centimeters in height. It has one of the most developed peristomes out of all nepenthes, usually blood red in color while the pitchers come in various shades of yellow all the way to maroon. Pitchers are bulbous at the base, and the cylindrical body leads to the massive teeth found on the peristome. Upper pitchers are quite similar to the lower ones, but the uppers lack wings, are larger in size, and are more tubular in shape.Cultivation Guidelines:Light: Bright indirect or dappled light, leaves turn red easily.Temperature: Intermediate to highland conditions. This species does not like extremely cold nighttime temperatures and can tolerate warmer days compared to other highland nepenthes.Growing medium: A very well-draining and airy mix. A mix of sphagnum with a high proportion of horticultural-grade perlite or bark works well, or an all inorganic mix consisting of a mixture between kanuma, akadama, and lava rock.Extra notes on Cultivation: Out of the toothy species, generally this is the easiest to grow but can be difficult to get to pitcher. Attention - limited to 1 plant per customer!!!
A very sought after and rare species. Nepenthes ephippiata is closely related to N. lowii and also shows very similar pitchers.It also occurs in Borneo and inhabits altitudes of 1300-2000 m.a.s.l.. Depending on the locality, the transitions from one to the other species can be almost fluid.The lowii-like upper pitchers are less funnel-shaped and have a less narrow constriction. The lids are usually studded with fewer bristles.Lower pitchers are much stouter than those of N. lowii.The form of Gunung Rajah shows very typical characteristics of N. ephippiata and is well on the ephippiata side of the spectrum.Due to the slow growth, large plants are rare.
A very bizarre species native to Central Borneo, nepenthes ephippiata is closely related to nepenthes lowii but can get even larger! It brings together the best of both worlds, being impressive in size while having great form — making it a must have species for any highland Nepenthes collector.Nepenthes lowii and N. ephippiata have many characteristics in common including tough woody pitchers, the production of lid hairs and exudate, as well as large reflexed lids. Nepenthes ephippiata also produces a seemingly oversized lid in relation to the body of the pitcher and develops a beautiful deep wine-red color in its interior while being green with very light red speckles on the outside.Lower pitchers on this species are bulbous and have faint red coloring on the outside. Meanwhile, upper ones lose all exterior coloration, turning completely green which contrast marvelously with the dark interior.The plants from the Hose-Mountains are usually called Nepenthes ephippiata. I have my doubts about this and find them quite strongly deviating from the "classic" Nepenthes ephippiata. Certainly as strongly deviating as from typical Nepenthes lowii populations.Cultivation Guidelines: Light: Bright indirect or dappled light.Temperature: Intermediate to highland conditions, not a picky species.Growing medium: Equal parts sphagnum and horticultural grade perlite.Extra notes on Cultivation: Relatively easy species to grow; not especially challenging
Definitely one of the best N. hamata hybrids. Often the teeth of toothed species can not develop their full expression in hybrids with non-toothed Nepenthes species, the resulting peristome teeth are more of an intermediate product. However, if two toothed species are crossed to form a hybrid, a resilient, fast-growing, strongly toothed hybrid is the result. N. hamata x edwardsiana easily rivals both pure parent species in beauty. A dark red, elongated pitcher body, similar to N. hamata but showing the globular base of N. edwardsiana and incredible teeth on the black peristome characterize this hybrid. With appropriate fertilization this hybrid grows extremely fast!
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