Nepenthes ovata (Pangulubao, Sumatra)
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Arguably one of the most beautiful species, and famous for its incredibly flared peristome, N. ovata produces large (25cm) generally ovoid (egg shaped) pitchers from which it gains its name. These short and tubby pitchers, lined with a pair of fringed wings, range from green, through hues of orange and rich red, to purple-maroon in colour. What really makes the pitchers stand out however are their long necks and huge, very broad flared peristomes. The dark red or purple peristomes, sometimes with darker striping, are prominently ridged, the outer edge often wavy, and the inner margin lined with a series of teeth. These teeth are most prominent under the lid where they point forward in a wicked display. The distinguishing feature of the species however is a glandular “hook” on the underside of the lid.
Upper pitchers (20cm) are reminiscent of the lowers, but more restrained and drawn out into a long funnel shape, like an elegant wineglass. Wings are absent, the neck shortened, the peristome reduced and smaller, less prominent teeth line the peristome. These pitchers are nevertheless beautiful in their own right; the bright red striping on the peristome creating a striking contrast with the rest of the pitcher, a yellowish-green colour (often getting more yellow towards the peristome).
Light: Bright indirect or dappled light.
Temperature: True highland conditions. Requires cool night time 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.
Extra notes on Cultivation: Appreciates high humidity levels.