Absolutely stunning newer species, discovered in 2007 and described in 2009. The epithet was chosen in honour of the naturalist Sir David Attenborough. The pitchers of Nepenthes attenboroughii belong to the largest pitchers of the whole genus, the only rival when considering the pitcher volume is Nepenthes rajah. Even a pitcher volume of more than 1.5 l has been documented in N. attenboroughii! The bell-shaped lower pitchers grow to a height of 30 cm. They are mostly green or orange and show a strongly striped peristome. The upper pitchers are slimmer yet smaller.Nepenthes attenboroughii does very well in mineral substrates.Due to the demand for this species, the wild populations are unfortunately severely threatened. The plants offered here are from responsible laboratory propagation.
A pretty representative of the Nepenthes alata group from the intermediate altitudes.Nepenthes cornuta is only found on the Pantaron Mountain Range in Mindanao, Philippines at 1000 m.a.s.l.. N. cornuta was only described in 2014, the epithet "cornuta" means "horned" and refers to the curved shape of the upper pitchers.The lower pitchers correspond to the typical pitchers shape of the N. alata group and are green with intense red stripes/spots and a red-striped peristome. Very robust representative that will feel comfortable in a lot of setups.
Natural hybrid of Nepenthes erucoides and Nepenthes mindanaoensis.Nepenthes erucoides is only known from Mount Redondo on Dinagat, where it occurs terrestrially on ultramafic soils just below 1000 metres. The species is characterised by exceptionally strong pubescence and rounded pitchers.Nepenthes mindanaoensis is also found there .
Nepenthes gracilliflora is a species from the so-called "Nepenthes alata complex".It has long been considered a synonym of Nepenthes alata, but differs from Nepenthes alata in a number of characteristics such as the structure of the pitcher lids and the petioles.
Fascinating species from the Palawan endemic relationship. Nepenthes leonardoi was described in 2011 and named in honor of the botanist Leonardo Co, who died on the first day of the N. leonardoi expedition due to political unrest.The lower pitchers can grow up to 15 cm tall and are highly variable in color but often orange-red, the upper pitchers are usually lighter and reach up to 24 cm in size. The peristome can be striped. However, there is a very interesting form of this species that produces completely black upper pitchers. Nepenthes leonardoi has been found exclusively terrestrially at 1300-1490 m.a.s.l. in Palawan.
Impressive, deep black species from Mindanao in the Philippines. This species was described only in 2016. There is probably a very close relationship to N. tuncata and N. robcantleyi, which is also evident in the pitchers. Its name "nebularum" is derived from the cloud forests that are the habitat for this species.N. nebularum shows truncate leaves and stout, broad pitchers with a broad, black peristome. The pitchers are mostly black with pale wing bars. A justifiably sought after and attractive species for any highland setup.
Nepenthes palawanensis was only discovered and described in 2010.It was found at 1100-1236 m.a.s.l. on Sultan Peak of the namesake island of Palawan in Mindanao. The species produces impressive pitchers that can grow up to 35 cm tall and reach a capacity of 1.5-2 l!This makes the species one of the top candidates for pitcher size.N. palawanensis is very closely related to N. attenboroughii.The lower pitchers of this species are funnel shaped and extremely variable in colour, they can be brown, reddish, orange or green in colour and the peristome can be unicolored or striped, also in the samecolours, but these do not have to correspond to the respective pitcher colour.N. palawanensis can be cultivated especially well in mineral substrate.
A rarely commercially offered Nepenthes species. This giant was only described in 2011 from Mt. Kiamo in the Philippines. "Pulchra" means "beautiful".Nepenthes pulchra grows fast and without big problems. On Mt. Kiamo, the species was found at 1300-1800 m.a.s.l., thus preferring intermediate conditions.The lower pitchers grow up to 35 cm and are almost completely intensely red in colour. Externally a delicate marbling of the pitchers is visible. The inside of the pitcher is light with a violet tinge. The upper pitchers can grow up to 42 cm and are very narrow, funnel-shaped with a spherical base. N. pulchra grows preferably on mineral substrate.
Very impressive and yet easy to maintain species. Nepenthes sibuyanensis is often completely underestimated, but the large lower pitchers of N. sibuyanensis are absolutely unique. Given the size and shape, the description pot- or bucket-shaped is certainly not inappropriate.The peristome looks very similar to that of N. ventricosa and is broad, serrated and ribbed. The color of the pitchers are usually a light orange or pink and the color of the peristome red or brown with great variability in brightness. High pitchers are slightly more elongated and can turn almost completely white. The robust and vigorous nature coupled with the huge, shapely base cans make this species a recommendation without reservation.
Nepenthes ventricosa is a very popular species whose characteristics are deliberately used in many crosses to make hybrids more vigorous, robust and resilient.Unlike many other undemanding plants, it is still striking because of its very distinctive hourglass shape and broad, strongly serrated peristome.This pretty species and its variability is often underestimated even by more experienced collectors.Due to its undemanding nature this species can be recommended to every Nepenthes hobbyist without hesitation or even serve as an entry into the hobby.
Nepenthes argentii belongs with Nepenthes micramphora to the pitcher plants with the smallest pitchers in adult specimens.Even the plants themselves usually do not grow much larger than 25 cm in diameter.The species is found sympatric with N. sibuyanensis at 1400-1900 m.a.s.l. on Mount Guiting-Guiting in Sibuyan, where it is exposed to strong winds, cold nights, but defies the harsh conditions.The pitchers often do not grow much larger than 1-2 cm. Without flowers, one would never think that these plants are already fully grown.Spectacular, small-growing Nepenthes species for advanced growers.
Nepenthes ceciliae is a very pretty, smaller species, known for its bright yellow upper pitchers. It belongs to the Nepenthes alata group, but shows unusually squat lower pitchers for this group. These have a pronounced constriction in the middle of the pitcher and dark, mottled pitchers with dark red peristomes. The upper pitchers are usually solid light yellow, showing their own unique aesthetic.Young leaves show intense red foliage.The species was described in 2011 and was found on Mt. Kiamo in Mindanao at 1500-1880 m.a.s.l.. Very simple species that is perfect for the entry into the hobby.
Nepenthes erucoides is one of the most interesting species discovered and described in recent years.The species is only known from Mount Redondo on Dinagat, where it occurs terrestrially on ultramafic soils just below 1000 meters. The species is characterised by exceptionally strong pubescence and rounded pitchers.So far, the species has hardly been offered commercially. A great rarity!
A very peculiar and beautiful species known only from Mt. Hamiguitan in Mindanao (Philippines). The lower pitchers have a conspicuously offset and bulbous lower part. The upper pitchers are often quite bright and very broad with an even more distinct lower half of the pitcher.
Nepenthes mantalingajanensis is endemic to Mt. Mantalingajan in Palawan, Philippines at 1700-2086 m.a.s.l.. It got its long name from the mountain it inhabits, Mt. Mantalingajan.Although it was discovered in 1992, it was not scientifically described until 2007.The species seems to be most closely related to the mira, sp. Anipahan, leonardoi, deaniana clade, N. attenboroughii and N. peltata.The pitchers are very bulbous - urn-shaped and green, orange or red.Rarely cultivated species in the hobby.
An absolutely stunning lowland species that rival other species for the largest pitchers in the genus. The pitchers grow to 35 cm high and 14 cm wide. There is a close relationship to Nepenthes bellii and Nepenthes suriagonensis. Bottom pitchers are very bulbous to ovate and reddish to orange (rarely green) with an open, serrated peristomes. The upper pitchers correspond largely to the lower pitchers.N. merrilliana occurs from northeastern Mindanao and the offshore islands at 0-1100 m.a.s.l.. Here you have the chance to acquire the probably largest strict lowland species here.
Unusual, ovoid and large species. Nepenthes peltata comes from Mt. Hamiguitan in Mindanao and is found at 865-1635 m.a.s.l.. There the species occurs in a variety of habitats and shows an incredible variability.The pitchers are red to yellow spotted, with a red to yellow striped peristome. Those can grow up to 28 cm and 16 cm wide, so they are extremely bulbous. Interestingly, this species shows great dimorphism between pitchers that grow free-hanging and pitchers that grow supported on substrate. "Peltata" refers to the peltate tendril attachment to the leaf.Very pretty species, but not yet showing its full potential in young plants.