More, more, always more.... An intermediate-upper on N. 'Rokko' Exotica Still loving the color on Viking x (max x trusmadi) merrilliana x campy is still keeping the campy shape My personal clones of 'Splendid Diana' x ventricosa "red": these went from about 2" across to now nearly 7 in only about 2 months the biggest of my 5 N. beccariana "red" vogelii glabrata x maxima is getting large fully darkened pitcher on spath x jacq These are the two most immaculate pitchers my spectabilis Giant has produced yet, and the lower one is the largest N. gracilis nigropurpurea The raff "dark brown parent" are showing serious teeth and patterns now And lastly, clipeata x (clipeata x eymae)
N. 'Lang' You can't see it in the pic, but merrilliana x campy is forming sparse red spots inside the pitchers My largest and healthiest of the supposed "ampullaria green" plants. I suspect it to be hookeriana, but it's still young And N. vogelii
N. glabrata: this plant pitchers on every leaf, but the newest leaves have been turning an unpleasant yellowish tinge, with black dots. I fear temps may be a little high for it at the moment... N. mirabilis "echinostoma" SG from Borneo. One clone stays very green, the other has been forming extremely red lips N. merrilliana x campanulata. Pitchers are showing faint pink coloration on the inside N. boschiana BE-3448, new plant Just to show size: N. Viking #19 x (maxima x trusmadiensis) Not the biggest, but one of my largest plants: N. ampullaria 'Harlequin'. The main vine is over 5 feet long, the other two at least 18 inches to 2 feet, and an unknown number of basals. Another newbie, and even at this size it' got some TEETH! N. burkei x hamata BE-3594
I think the Viking x (maxima x trusmadiensis) may be heading into a vining stage. The pitchers are beginning to elongate And the merrilliana x campy is staying nicely pale. The peristome also has the minute but noticeable teeth of campy A lot of people don't seem to like robcantleyi hybrids, but I don't mind the paler colors. I actually like the shape, since rc tends to give a little size to the characteristics of the other parent. This is bellii x rc And beccariana "red" with stripes! And lastly, some variety pics on the seedlings of rafflesiana "dark brown parent" that I am keeping. Each pic is a different plant
'Rokko' Exotica has been producing some fairly large traps glabrata x maxima increases size with each leaf and pitcher, and may need repotting soon first home-grown pitcher on Viking; this is in rather low light, I can only imagine what full sun would do Newly acquired N. robcantleyi 'Queen of Hearts' x maxima (thanks Paul!). I am actually rather fond of it, and it already has a new leaf growing out N. ampullaria SG, I believe from Sintang, Kalimantan. This is the one looking most like an amp, and gives me hope for the rest of the batch New pitcher on (inermis x singalana) x mira, looks like a re-creation of the toilet bowl Nepenthes
More shots of the keeper rafflesiana "dark brown parent," as many are maturing more. It seems a shared trait of most of these plants is the dark pigment on the inner edge of the peristome. Each pic is a different seedling. The lightest colored one, it only recently has begun showing pale red spots on the new pitcher The darkest one, with pink blushing and very deep red spots. I would bet it turns solid red when adult. This is the fattest one, the pitchers are nearly globose. Some variety on my keeper 'Splendid Diana' x ventricosa "red" seedlings, they are showing their first pitcher pattern The only sprout out of a batch of x splendiana x tiveyi "red peristome" seeds. The pitchers are finally showing color, deep pinkish speckling. Big pitcher on the merrilliana x campy. This is a fast grower N. 'Rokko' Exotica upper. I've had uppers before, but these are the thinnest and most elegant pitchers I've had on any plant, at any time. Love the deep red underside of the hood they always have too
Major pic dump! I've moved to Flickr, and discovered more photo room, so while updates may be more sparse, they will probably be loaded....
Still holding out hope that these guys do turn out to be mirabilis echinostoma. But with the pitchers reaching almost 2" tall, the peristome is very wide, but not yet that wide....
N. gracilis "red" from Bukit Barisan is turning red in the brighter light
glabrata x maxima definitely needs a repot (mostly so its younger sibling can catch up too), and the pitchers are still gaining color
My one N. lingulata seedling. Not sure why, but the last few leaves have refused to gain any real size...
N. vogelii. This one slowed down a bit over summer, but is perking up again as temps cool down. Hopefully I'll see some real size jumps soon
N. diatas Bandahara has been a very steady grower, however
And another update on the rafflesiana "dark brown parent" seedlings. I love the shape of raffs, so I find these little guys adorable This one has some darker speckles in with the red mottling, so I'm hoping for a tricolor
The lightest one
A skinny one
The dark one. I cannot wait to see adult pitchers on this plant
One of the lighter colored round ones
The mottling on this one is a very nice shade of scarlet
Truly, one of the fatties
Even though the ones I keep are a very small portion of all the plants there are (a total 12 currently our of several hundred), it gives a pretty good idea of just how variable the rest might be once they mature too
Moving on, pitchers from each of my three seedling N. gracilis nigropurpurea
N. x splendiana x tiveyi "red peristome" opened an even bigger pitcher, and this one is showing signs of some lovely light red mottling. It should be gorgeous at adulthood
Group shot of pitchers on (inermis x singalana) x mira. The biggest of the 3 vines has a noticeable swelling at the tip, so fingers crossed that it might be flowering, and as this was an SG plant, maybe female!
I love the shape...
BE sp. 1 is making some nice pitchers
khasiana is also very happy. The pitchers on this on have a beautiful red blush on the inside, and it's growing fast
the sumatrana "Giant" is still chugging along too
Seedling gracilis "giant red"
The N. beccariana "red" are making me wonder. Though young, and the shape may well change, these pitchers have a shape reminiscent from behind of N. eustachya, and the striped lip to boot. But, they are somewhat closely related, so it may only be ontogenetic superficial.
N. burkei decided to make a funky pitcher before getting back on track. It's kind of cute....
N. 'Rokko' x (thorelii x aristolochioides) gaining size and some nice color
bellii x robcantleyi is also getting big, and pitchers are showing signs of mottling
N. merrilliana x campanulata recently repotted
N. Viking #19 x (maxima x trusmadiensis) is always a stunner
Pitchers are simplistic, but N. 'Lang' has a nice look to it anyway
neoguineensis Cyclops Mtn. gaining size
ventricosa x gymnamphora has slowed down for unknown reasons, but still gives me surprises, like this slightly mutant but attractive pitcher
'Rokko' Exotica group shot
My "Viking" has become quite endearing. Pitchers are beautifully blushed in red, and getting fat
I think I pulled off the lucky shot with my bellii x rc. A lot of people complain it didn't get a lot of color, but mine's starting to show that trait. It's faint now, but increasing with every new pitcher
And my N. khasiana clone appears to be a lucky one, with lots of red mottling showing up on the newer pitchers
Some exciting recent developments: I have N. (inermis x singalana) x mira flowering, and it is probably going to be male. Pollen will start to be harvested probably in about a month, maybe a little less. My N. 'Rokko' Exotica is also flowering, and at first I thought it too was male, but the pods are elongate so I believe this may well be my second ever female! I plan to cross it with at least N. x mixta and the inermis hybrid, as I have pollen of those, but I'd love to cross it too with something far more exotic.
Meanwhile, more pics! N. rafflesiana "dark brown parent" pic updates, every new pitcher is better
The dark one is just getting better, and the stripes are really coming in now. What a wicked peristome....
And the fat one is getting fatter
This one is proving to have some interesting mottling
The big gracilis nigropurpurea clone, the black speckles are increasing in number
This one however will definitely be the darkest, with a purple blush along with black speckles. Even the leaves are red flushed, as you can see in the background
Finally decided to take pics of my rafflesiana "nivea parent" batch. Some are in fact looking to be nivea-type plants, with no speckling present yet. The thing that really separates them so far from the "brown parent" batch is the thinner overall pitchers however
N. burkei. Pitchers aren't quite back to normal, but the next one should be, and it looks impressive
One of the 'Rokko' x (thorelii x aristolochioides) seedlings is turning extremely red
N. ventricosa x tiveyi. I picked out these 6 to keep because there is a lot of variability: a couple red plants, a couple big ones, and just a couple that were growing well. I have nearly 100 others still growing out
And the variety pics on my 'Splendid Diana' x ventricosa "red" #1 plants. One pitcher from each of the 6 I am keeping
The N. mirabilis "formerly echinostoma" from Sajingan. The peristome still looks to be really thick, and like at least this first plant can be very red, but not what I was counting on
The two big plants
N. ampullaria 'Harlequin' has produced a veritable carpet of pitchers, along with its 3 huge vines
N. x hookeriana "green parent." This was from a batch of ampullaria parent seeds, and at least a few are the species, but I've got a lot of hybrids that are available too apparently. I've confirmed so far 1 amp and 3 hookeriana
This is the amp. Nice speckling on the pitchers
N. "Viking" produced a very nice, red, chubby pitcher
N. 'Black Dragon'
And, a picture I've been wanting to take for years now: N. "Viking" and 'Black Dragon' together! Bonus points to those who can correctly guess why these two together excite me
N. ampullaria "green" that was the only seedling resulting from a batch of red parent seeds. How ironic...
N. merrilliana x campanulata
N. Viking #19 x (maxima x trusmadiensis) is definitely transitioning to intermediate pitchers. This impressive one proves it. The notable hip and slimmer profile were not present before
It would be so nice to start a new political party. Maybe name it, The Tea Party II for Americans, not racist anti-American douches that hate their neighbors? We need to reform our politics, not make them more partisan and dumber.
Last I heard, N. mirabilis echinostoma had never been described officially as a separate species....though it probably should be. One can hope it might turn out at some point, but from pictures I've seen if it had the echino genes they would have shown up by now......