Nepenthes

Nepenthes are the Tropical Pitcher Plants, the classic large rainforest meat-eating vine. Particular to high humidity and moderate to very bright lighting, many are highly adaptable to a variety of growing conditions.

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N. gracilis "Black Speckle" -$30

Grown from seed by myself, this clone develops the characteristic almost miniature pitchers of the species with a tubby lower third and cylindrical or narrowing upper portion, colored in bright leafy green and lightly to densely covered in speckles of deep red to almost black. It also has a rather high propensity to develop basal rosettes and offshoots, making for a complex tangle of pitchering vines and carpet pitchers.

One rooted cutting available, approximately 4" long and 3" across, with inch tall pitchers.

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N. x splendiana x mixta Clone A -$25

A male clone that develops stout, cylindrical lower pitchers colored in red and green/cream or tan mottling with a steeply slanted opening rimmed in a smooth, slightly flared deep cherry peristome; upper pitchers are cornucopia-shaped with  similar coloration to lowers, but a slightly broader peristome. A bit of a slow grower but highly tolerant of a wide range of conditions.

Available rooted cutting is approximately 10" long with the new rosette growth about 11" across.

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N. ventricosa "K" EP x alba AW -$20

A seed-grown cross just starting to reach safe shipping size, and with a lot of potential in the dark and tubby arena. Adult plants are of course unknown so far (and don't expect them to look like "Rebecca Soper," which is a ramispina and not gracillima/alba cross), but plants already show potential to have rich red or maroon-tinted green leaves and tubby, moderately to heavily patterned deep red to purple pitchers. Formerly thought to be gracillima, the male parent of this cross is almost certainly alba, and upper pitchers will likely be slender and pale in color.

Available plants start at around 1-1.5" in diameter

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N. rajah "Thomas Alt" -$90

One of the most famous and sought-after species, this strict highlander is capable of producing traps up to a gallon in volume and over a foot long. This is the Thomas Alt clone first distributed by Shinya Yamada (a name I do not support; only buy propagules produced by ethical and conservation-supporting individuals), a TC origin plant that is still young, but with a lot of promise. 

Available are small 0.5-1" rooted cuttings.

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N. graciliflora "Pink" -$30

A classic easy-growing species that is regularly confused and mislabeled as N. alata (as the two species were once lumped together). Pitchers can grow up to 8" or more tall and have a bulbous base, narrowing to a cylindrical or slightly funnel-shaped upper two-thirds and a teardrop-shaped mouth. Wings are present on lower pitchers, usually reduced or completely absent in uppers; color ranges from mostly green with pinkish-red blushing along the mouth and peristome to almost solid pink/red with green at the base.

Available plants are rooted cuttings typically with new growth between 3-7" in diameter.

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N. "Gentle" -mixta-type -$30

There are seemingly two forms of plants that are in trade under the unofficial title "Gentle," one an obvious "fusca" x maxima cross with dark pitchers, and then the form that I have that looks like "fusca" x mixta. Lower pitchers are very slender and cylindrical, can reach over 8 inches long, with bright cream-pink flushed and red mottled pitchers and a narrow, teardrop-shaped mouth with a cylindrical peristome striped in light and dark red. Upper pitchers are much paler an funnel-shaped, light green with sparse spots. This clone is also a known male.

Available plant is a rooted cutting approx. 5" in diameter.

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N. ("Viking" x rafflesiana) x ventricosa "red" -Clone B -$45

One of the faster growing clones of an odd cross, this plant looks a lot like a pure rafflesiana in many ways but tends to make slightly taller, hipped pitchers with a broader peristome and thicker ribs, and big frilly wings. Color is a heavily mottled blend of cream and deep reds, the peristome striped in similar shades, and upper pitchers are similarly colored but funnel shaped and only retain funky stunted remnants of the wings.

Available plants are rooted cuttings with new growth between 4-8" in diameter.

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N. Rokko 'Exotica' x (spectabilis x mira) -$20

A highly prolific plant when it comes to producing basals and thus the bulbous lower pitchers it maintains for significant periods of time; a moderately sized plant with leaves just under a foot long on average, the pitchers reaching around 4-5" tall (in current conditions here; may well get much larger) and cloaked in deep mottled reds and maroon-purple that darken with age. the peristome starts out yellow with light red striping, and can age to match the rest of the pitcher body.

Available plants are rooted basal cuttings on average 2-4" in diameter.

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N. maxima 'Lake Poso' x "Rebecca Soper" Clone A -$20

A fast-growing but smaller-sized hybrid for those who don't have a lot of space or are just starting out, or just want something new that's easy to grow. Vines will flower at only 1-2 feet tall, and pitchers appear to max out at around 5 inches tall. Lower pitchers are stocky and cylindrical with a flaring peristome and pale pink and green colors overall; uppers are even paler green and more funnel-shaped.

Available plants are rooted cuttings approx. 5" in diameter.

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N. maxima 'Lake Poso' x "Rebecca Soper" Clone C -$20

A fast-growing but smaller-sized hybrid for those with little space, just starting out, or just want something easy to grow. Very similar to Clone A with pale green pitchers with red-tinted insides, but has slightly stockier pitchers with less hourglass shape and a more rounded peristome. Upper pitchers are very similar in appearance but more funnel-shaped. 

Available plants are rooted cuttings approx. 5" in diameter.

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N. Sunset Songs Clone C -$25

A known male clone, and a great plant for both beginners and those that just want something fast-growing with fat pitchers. Traps average 5-6 inches tall and are nearly cylindrical, with a variable pale red pattern over light creamy or green background, and the peristome is thick and mildly scalloped with a creamy to peach-red color, sometimes appearing striped as it frequently mutates with missing ribs that lack color. Upper pitchers are similar but even paler and funnel-shaped. Unlike some of the other clones this isn't a particularly small vine, and will happily grow several feet in length with multiple basals popping up frequently.

Available plants are rooted cuttings approx. 5-6" in diameter.

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N. Black Dragon -$100

A grex cross of izumiae x truncata, this plant gets big, and it gets dark. Pitchers in my conditions can reach nearly a foot tall (and can certainly get even bigger with more space) and are generally slender, lower traps bearing remnant wings and aging through shades of deep red-purple, the peristome often turning near-black. Upper pitchers are paler, green to purple-blushed with brownish purple lips. 

Available plants are newly rooted cuttings approx. 5-10" in diameter.

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N. thorelii x hamata -$40

A surprisingly impressive hybrid considering the conflicting traits of the parents; plants grow as fairly slender vines with narrow, red-tinged leaves, and produce lower pitchers around 4-6" tall that are somewhat tubby and mottled in shades of red to purple-brown, with a flat, heavily ribbed peristome bearing minute teeth that ages from yellowish to straight black. Upper pitchers are narrower and roughly cylindrical, the peristome smaller and somewhat rounded with similar ribbing but less pronounced teeth. This clone is a known male.

Available rooted cutting is approx. 4" in diameter with newly developed pitchers.