A red form of the well known Nepenthes albomarginata from Penang (Malaysia). Nepenthes albomarginata occurs in Borneo, Peninsular Malaysia and Sumatra, where it is found in the lowlands. "Albomarginata" translates to "white-margined" and refers to the prominent fringe of fine, white hairs under the peristome. This serves to specialize in their prey: termites. The white trichomes serve as food for the termites, but these fall into the pitchers during harvesting. The pitchers of N. albomarginata are highly variable in their coloration. Red, green, violet, black-grey and orange pitchers are known. The bottom pitchers are tubular, the high pitchers are funnel shaped. Very interesting smaller species for a lowland terrarium.
Obwohl es nach wie vor Verwirrung mit den Typuspflanzen gibt, wird hier vermutet, dass es sich bei dieser N. gymnamphora Form aus Java um die echte N. pectinata. Diese Hypothese gilt jedoch wissenschaftlich zu prüfen. Es handelt sich hier um eine Form aus Java mit Kannen, die grün gefärbt und mit orangen Flecken überzogen sind. Die Pflanze trägt viele Kannen gleichzeitig.
The only Nepenthes sp. that occurs in India and is endemic there. It occurs on the eponymous Khasi Mountains in Meghalaya at 1000-1500 m.a.s.l.. In India Nepenhtes khasiana has the trivial names "Tiew-rakot" (demon plant), "kset phare" (lidded fly net) and "Memang-koksi" (devil's basket). Due to acid drainage from mines and habitat loss, Nepenthes khasiana is acutely threatened and therefore listed on CITES Appendix 1 (WA I). The pitchers are greenish-yellow in colour and show a reddish reticulation. The peristome is usually yellow.Especially well known is the hybrid with N. khasiana called N. x gaya.Prolific species as long as the conditions fit.
Nepenthes ramispina is quite rare in cultivation. The best known is probably still the hybrid of N. ramispina and N. ventricosa called N. x "Rebbeca Soper", which is often found in hardware stores or on windowsills around the world. The species alone, however, has much to offer. Dark purple, almost black pots with a velvety coating, a black, shiny peristome, and a mostly mint green pitcher interior that stands out among the otherwise dark colors. Bottom jugs are slender and elongated, while high jugs are light green, with a rectangular cross-section, pronounced jug hips, and a slightly funnel-shaped upper portion.If you want to secure a robust, simple, yet not particularly common species, Nepenthes ramispina is a good choice.
Nepenthes alba was named after the Latin word "albus", which refers to the white color of the upper pitchers. Depending on the phenotype, the uppers can be completely translucent white, even the peristome. An absolute eye-catcher in every Nepenthes setup!The lower pitchers on the other hand are usually very dark, often red with purple spots and a dark red-purple peristome and existing wing bars. At the base of the lid, the peristome may be strongly curved inward, similar to the closely related Nepenthes macfarlanei.This dainty species is found in the highlands of Malaysia at 1600-2100 m.a.s.l. in rainy mountain forests, where the pale uppers stand out particularly strongly from the green vegetation.
Absolutely underestimated, variable species from the Malay Peninsula from 900-2150 m.a.s.l..It produces funnel- to ovoid-shaped pitchers with a broad, fluted peristome that comes together at the base of the lid and forms an arch, similar to N. rafflesiana. The pitchers are usually darkly spotted, and may have a yellow or orange ground colour. Characteristic for this species is a light fringe of trichomes under the lid of the pitcher. Lower pitchers are mostly funnel-shaped, bulbous or egg-shaped, uppers funnel-shaped and clearly lighter up to white with pink striped peristome, here the close relationship to N. alba shows up.The lower pitchers can grow up to 25 cm!Beautiful, much too rarely cultivated species!
Besides N. masoalensis, Nepenthes madagascariensis is the only pitcher plant represented in Madagascar. Nepenthes madagascariensis is an interesting species due to its isolated location and is clearly more robust in care than N. masoalensis.Along the east coast between Maroansetra and Tolagnaro it inhabits diverse habitats at below 500 m.a.s.l., thus it is clearly the more euryoecious of both species. The characteristic yellow, funnel-shaped upper pitchers of N. madagascariensis are very attractive. The lower pitchers are red coloured and cylindrically shaped with a broadened base. Similar to Nepenthes bicalcarata, this species also has two toothed extensions of the peristome under the lid. While the lower pitchers are primarily specialized in catching ants, the upper pitchers land significantly more flying insects in the liquid.Recommendable species, of which unfortunately hardly any larger specimens exist in cultivation.
One of the complicated lowland species, a real challenge for advanced growers. The species is very rare in keeping, large cultivated plants are rarely found. According to the species epithet, the species occurs primarily on the Masoala Peninsula at below 500 m.a.s.l. on Madagascar. Thus it belongs with N. madagascariensis to the only pitcher plant species on Madagascar, there is obviously a close relationship between the species. However, the pitchers of N. masoalensis are more squat and the pitcher lids are not rimmed, the upper pitchers of N. madagascariensis are much more slender and funnel-shaped than those of N. masoalensis.
Unusual species from an isolated distribution in the Seychelles. Nepenthes pervillei has been evolving in its own direction for a long time in the Seychelles, isolated from the rest of the genus. This is also evident from the incompatibility in cross-breeding attempts of N. pervillei with other species.It occurs on the islands of Mahé and Silhouette at 350-600 m.a.s.l. and inhabits extreme habitats there.Often the substrate is extremely thin or completely absent and the plant grows on bare rock, where it secures itself in crevices. The rocks are completely exposed to the sun and the plants brave all kinds of weather. The pitchers themselves are amphora-shaped and stand upright on a short tendril. The lower pitchers are mostly red. the uppers mostly orange-yellow.Nepenthes pervillei often bears an extremely large number of pitchers at the same time, so pictures from natural sites showing a sea of small N. pervillei pitchers are particularly spectacular.Unfortunately the species is not easy to keep, but with a lot of light, wind and warmth quite doable.
Nepenthes tenax is one of the few Australian representatives of the genus. It is endemic to North Queensland and sympatric with N. mirabilis and N. rowaniae. Due to the extensive plains in Australia, N. tenax only occurs at altitudes of 0-80 m.a.s.l., making it an absolute lowland species.Australian Nepenthes species grow mostly in wet substrates or are even flooded at times.The pitchers are green-yellowish, very elongated and often exceptionally large for the leaf. The lid of the pitcher is usually bright red and forms a contrast to the otherwise primarily monochrome pitcher.Very interesting species with unusual ecology.