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Lowland and Intermediate Species
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Carnivorous Plant Vactions in the Philippines

N. alata 'Quezon lowland'   N. alata 'Mindoro lowland'   N. albomarginata 'penang'
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An easy beginners plant, that grows in a wide range of altitudes (0-2400m), light levels and produces pitchers even during dry season. It looks best when it get lots of indirect light and the pitchers increase in size and become reddish.
It originates from the mountains of central Luzon.
Almost every mountainous island in the Philippines seems to have an alata variety. And all of them look slightly different.
We got this plant as a cutting from a beach resort at the northern shore of Mindoro. Alata belongs to those species that can keep numerous pitchers in a good condition.

This lowland (0-1100m) plant produces some of the longest lasting pitchers, almost all leafs seem to have a healthy pitcher attached to it. Leafs and pitchers are very coarse. It seems to like a relatively dry soil. Our red form pitchers less reliably than the green one and seems to prefer the cooler nights from December to February.
Photo taken at natural habitat at Penang Island, Malaysia.

N. albomarginata 'speckled'   N. ampullaria 'spotted'   N. belli

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This form is from Kuching, Borneo. This N. albomarginata is specialized on termites according to some recent research. The white band below the peristome seems to have some attraction on the termites and sometimes gets literally carried away.

A favorite of many growers, as the basal rosettes are crowded with pitchers. The lid is widely opened and allows rain water to enter. Some recent research suggests, that it also enjoys consuming plant parts and other objects falling into the pitchers aside from insects. Opposite to other pitcher plants there are not much digestive enzymes found in the plant, some of the digestive process is even done by bacteria. The plant loves moist conditions and can also be found in shadier locations. However, we grow it very sunny, which it seems to enjoy. This is also a plant with very long lasting pitchers. It can be found in many countries in south east Asia and typically prefers elevations of less than 100m, although it occurs up to 1000m.

A small lowlander (250-800m) from eastern Mindanao in the southern Philippines, this plant resembles somewhat N. merriliana. The extremely long tendrils are notable. It is synonymous to N. globamphora.
The plant on the image was ordered as 'red pitcher, green peristome'. Will exchange the image once it shows it's true personality...
The plants were not moving much for the first month after importing (would be a good experience for people not believing in transport shock), but now they are growing and pitchering at great pace.
N. bicalcarata 'Marudi'   N. bicalcarata 'Sri Aman'   N. campanulata
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Not the pitchers, but the plant is assumed to be the largest in the genus. Once adult, it will have a 120 cm diameter and it is capable of producing vines up to 20 m long. The pitchers are very remarkable featuring two Dracula-like teeth in the upper part of the peristome. Originating from the peat swamps in north-western Borneo, close to Brunei, the plant needs relatively high humidity and moisture in general. It rewards good conditions by increasing its size fast.
A different clone of N. bicalcarata from western Borneo, Malaysia. N. bicalcarata can be found from
A small lowlander (300m) with unique funnel shape pitchers that have only a minimal peristome. This plant was almost extinct in its natural habitat in Borneo due to forest fires, but could be saved through mass propagation and a recent discovery of new specimen locations.
It grows on steep lime stone cliffs and is one of the few Nepenthes not being able to climb.
N. gracilis   N. hirsuta 'spotted'   N. longifolia

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One of the smallest pitchers in the genus, but this plant is also notorious for producing dozens if not hundreds of pitchers on one plant. A fast growing lowlander (0-750m) that is very common in Malaysia and Singapore.
A somewhat moody shade loving plant, that has a hairy surface, endemic to the lowlands (200-1000m) of Borneo. It doesn't like dry season too much and refuses to pitcher during that time. It is very similar to N. hispida and was considered synonymous to such until 1997. It is synonymous to N. leptochila.
A lowland plant (300-1100m) from Sumatra that is supposedly shade loving. It pitchers wonderfully for us, if the humidity is good. Size is increasing now, after some time of waiting.
N. madagascariensis   N. maxima 'Borone'   N. mindanaoensis
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This unique species comes from a unique location: Madagascar. It is said to be a lowlander that prefers highland climate. So far it is doing great and producing pitchers continuously even in the dry season.
N. maxima is a popular, undemanding grower. This is a lowland form. Generally this species can be found between 600-2500m and pitchers seems to get bigger, when our nights are a little cooler.

This lowland plant has thick and hairy leafs. The pitchers of our plant are still very small, so they don't show distinct features yet. It is growing steadily, but doesn't try to become big fast, pitchers don't last long, too. The name refers to its location in north eastern Mindanao, southern Philippines

N. mirabilis   N. rafflesiana 'Bau giant'   N. rafflesiana 'Johore spotted'
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One of the earliest Nepenthes to be discovered, it can be found all over tropical south east Asia down to Australia. Some forms are even found sitting in water, sometimes even close to the shore. It's a fast and easy grower, but needs a high humidity for lasting pitchers. It is usually found close to sea level, but has been observed at altitudes up to 1500m. Sex: male
Another form of N. rafflesiana. Supposedly slow growing, but the biggest form of rafflesiana. The pitchers of the adult plant can hold as much as 1 liter of fluid, making them belonging to the biggest in the genus. As you can see it is also more pink than other forms.
Another form of N. rafflesiana growing close to Singapore. N. rafflesiana generally occurs from 0-1200m. Once the pitchers are aging they become cream colored, almost white.
N. rafflesiana 'Sandakan'   N. rafflesiana 'red squat'   N. reinwardtiana samarindanensis
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A specially pretty form of N. rafflesiana from eastern Borneo, Malaysia with wings growing up the tendrils, similar or even synonymous to rafflesiana var. alata mentioned in some literature. The wings on the tendrils do already exist, but will be more obvious once the plants get more mature.
An easy grower with spectacular pitchers hanging down on long tendrils. It needs a slightly increased humidity to increase the life span of the thin walled pitchers.
This is also a fast growing plant, whose leafs remind of those of N. sanguinea. We kept on increasing light levels and finally got bronze colored pitchers. The distinct feature of the plant are two eye-like spots within the pitcher opening. This form is from eastern Borneo, Indonesia. The species itself can be found from 0-2100m.
N. reinwardtiana 'Kapit'   N. sumatrana   N. truncata
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Another form of N. reinwardtiana from northern Borneo, Malaysia. Slightly speckled. The species belongs to those plants that never fail to produce pitchers.
A giant pitcher plant from Sumatra. This lowlander (0-1000m) doesn't only produce large pitchers - the whole plant is huge. It grows together with N. longifolia and shares some similarities. Seems also to be a good pitcher keeper and maker so far. The leafs vary between olive green and maroon.
Another giant pitcher plant from Mindanao in the Philippines that increases size relatively fast and doesn't seem to need an overly high humidity. Our plant is the lowland variety found at 230-650m. The tough pitchers can contain 1 liter of fluid and sometimes the plant seems to utilize it for surviving dry spells. The leafs have a very unique shape, they look truncated or heart shaped.

Highland and Intermediate Species
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N. alata 'Banaue highland'

N. burbidgeae
N. faizaliana


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This form is abundant in the highlands of the Cordillera Mountain range in northern Luzon and is often seen at road banks, where it is frequently trimmed back and burned by the highway maintenance workers.
There are purely green forms and striped ones.


A very pretty highlander (1200- 2550m) with cream white pitchers (Later!). Let's see if we can satisfy it's needs! So far it grows well and produces nice pitchers even during dry season. Stay tuned!
It originates from Borneo around Mt. Kinabalu.

One of our highlanders (1200-1500m). This plant looks very similar to N. fusca and N. stenophylla. It differentiates from N. fusca by its orbicular lids, but some people prefer calling it N. fusca 'Sarawak'.
And while we are at it: it is also hard to distinguish from N. boschiana.
N. fusca 'Kinabalu'
N. macfarlanei
N. maxima 'Tlatawiran'
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A very pretty highlander from Borneo, Malaysia. The plant shares some similarities with N. maxima. The lid becomes triangular and stands upright in some cases, which is the typical for the species.

A pretty but delicate highlander (1000-2150m) from the Cameroon highlands in Peninsular Malaysia with very colorful pitchers. In full sunlight these can even turn into white. If there is rain around it grows surprisingly well so far and the red peristome has definitely ferrari colors.

This is a highland maxima form that has very narrow but tall pitchers. Images shows still a very young plant. It doesn't have much problems with low humidity or our warm lowland environment.
N. maxima 'Waghete'
N. ramispina
N. sanguinea

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Another highland form of maxima. This one is from Irian Jaya, eastern Indonesia. The small pitchers have already a pretty promising coloration.

A highlander (900-2000m) with narrow, close to black pitchers with green interior from the Genting highlands in Malaysia. This plant did a great start, producing and keeping pitchers well.

An undemanding highland (900-1800m) plant from peninsular Malaysia. It produces many large orange colored pitchers and belongs to the fastest growers in the genus.
Picture taken in the botanical garden of Atlanta
N. sibuyanensis
N. stenophylla
N. tentaculata

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A highland (1500-1800m) plant with giant pitchers from the eastern Philippines. The pitchers remind on those from N. ventricosa, at least as long N. sibuyanensis is a baby plant...
Picture taken in natural habitat.

Another pretty highlander (1000-2600m) from the Bareo highlands. Very similar to N. fusca and N. faizaliana and synonymous to N. fallax and maybe even hairier than N. pillosa. It likes high humidity, the best pitchers are produced during rainy season.

Small highland (700-2550m) plant with funny lids and a steep ovate peristome from Borneo and Sulawesi. Got a little crippled during the import, but is producing healthy leafs and pitchers and is happy year round. There are some Nepenthes that are sort of boring when young.
This one is not!
N. tobaica
N. veitchii 'Bareo'
N. veitchii 'Hose Mountains'
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A fast growing undemanding highland (950-2750m) plant named after Lake Toba in Sumatra. It's desire to climb and produce many pitchers make it look like an oversized N.gracilis or should I say undersized N. reinwardtiana? The pitchers last a lot longer if there is sufficient humidity. It doesn't waste a lot of time making lower pitchers, but starts soon to climb. Sex: male

A plant with huge pitchers from the Bareo highland, south of Brunei. The peristome of this plant belongs to the most spectacular of the genus. The plant has the ability to climb trees by clasping around them with its leafs and pitchers.

Another form of this giant.
The species generally occurs from 50-1200m
N. ventricosa 'black peristome'
N. ventricosa 'red pitcher'
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A lovely and fast growing highland (1200-1500m) plant from Luzon island in the Philippines. The pitchers are waisted and have a waxy pinkish surface. This plant remains relatively small, although the adult pitchers impress by size and beauty.
Still, compared to it's neighbor N.alata it suffers during the dry season, which causes it to stop pitchering for a while.

This plant was sold as a 'red peristome', but arrived labeled as 'red pitcher'. The 'red pitcher' description seems to be more accurate.
The plant seems to grow better than the 'black peristome' form.
The image shows how the pitcher likes to develop below soil levels if give a pot that allows this.
  While in the Philippines vist this great Carnivorous Plant Farm. Enjoy the countryside and tour the the plant farm. Accomendations are available.

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