Nepenthes singalana (Sumatra)
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Nepenthes singalana is a magnificent species which in many ways combines some of the most desirable pitcher traits, in a single stunning species: slender pitchers, dark colouration, a beautiful flared peristome and prominent, wicked looking teeth. Pitchers can be considered medium to large sized (15cm+), are long, slender and roughly cylindrical in appearance, ranging from green, speckled with red and purples, to pitchers that are almost fully red or purple in colouration. Lower pitchers are generally larger than uppers, and have prominent wings running down the full pitcher length. Peristome structure varies, but is generally wide and flared ranging from a bright orange-red to deep purple, depending on lighting, genetics and pitcher age. Prominent teeth line the inner peristome margin, which rotates to leave the largest and wickedest looking teeth forward as they line the neck of the peristome leading up to the large oval pitcher lid. One of the best features of this species is that pitchers retain and display their most attractive features even when small.
Light: Bright indirect or dappled light. Seems to appreciate brighter light than some other species.
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.