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.
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.
A very simple and variable colored species. While many commercially available N. alata are actually N. x ventrata (i.e. N. ventricosa x alata), the pure species is sold here. Unfortunately, N. alata often unjustly finds little favor with more experienced hobbyists due to its stigma as a "beginner's species" due to the x ventrata hybrid, however, this hardy species is especially worthwhile for windowsill or similar setups where compromises must be made.The adaptability of Nepenthes alata is shown by its wide range of altitudes, namely it occurs from 400-2400 m.a.s.l., i.e. lowland to highland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fascinating species from Palawan that is rarely offered commercially.Even if the exact taxonomic status of N. spec. Anipahan is not yet clear, molecular data show that the species forms a clade together with N. leonardoi, N. deaniana and N. mira, i.e. it is very closely related, also morphologically there are few differences. The small pitchers are very bulbous and squat, with a prominent, fluted peristome that is raised at the base of the lid. Usually the whole pitcher is unicoloured red.
One of the best forms of this species! Nepenthes truncata is extremely popular due to the gigantic pitchers, good genes, robustness and coloration.Nepenthes truncata pitchers are among the largest of the genus. The pitchers can grow to over 50 cm! This dimension is difficult to grasp before you had such a monster fully grown once in front of you. This makes N. truncata a very popular hybridization partner, as hybrids with N. truncata usually produce very large pitchers as well.Nepenthes truncata "Highland red"/ "reddish leaves" produces slightly reddish leaves, very squat pitchers and intense red stripes on the broad peristome Even though Nepenthes truncata "reddish leaves" actually originates from the highlands, it can easily be grown in lowlands or even on a windowsill if there is enough light.There is hardly a more unusual houseplant.
Nepenthes truncata is an iconic species of the genus! The oversized pitchers, variability and robustness make it a must-have in the collection. There are few larger pitchers in the genus than those of Nepenthes truncata, sizes over 50 cm are not uncommon. It is hard to imagine the size of such a pitcher. Red, green, orange and yellow pitchers are all present in Nepenthes truncata, as well as the broad peristome which can be striped, unstriped, red, green, orange or yellow. The advantage of N. truncata is that it grows out of most setups quickly, but with enough light it can also be cultivated on a windowsill or a skylight. Alternatively it can be grown with artificial light in the room. However, the amount of light has to be high enough, the plant also tolerates direct sun for a few hours. Due to the thick leaves, it hardly dries out as long as the substrate is sufficiently moist.
A much sought-after form of the well-known N. ventricosa. The anyway very characteristic, hourglass-shaped and easy to maintain N. ventricsoa shows in the alba form light green, almost white pitchers and a red peristome. The contrast is immediately striking!However, the form still shows all the popular characteristics of N. ventricosa, including high adaptability and vigor.This makes this plant suitable for both beginners and experienced collectors.