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. maxima BE-3067 -$35

This is a famous "dark" maxima clone from Borneo Exotics that was originally labeled as N. eymae. Lower pitchers can grow to more than a foot tall, cylindrical with heavy tan/brown and deep red to blackish mottling, the peristome aging from mildly striped cherry to almost black as well. Upper pitchers, though I haven't seen them yet, are narrow in the base and broadly funnel-shaped above, with a narrower striped peristome and crinkled lid held above the mouth. And, this should be a female.

Available rooted cuttings are just starting to develop new growth. 

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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. (x splendiana x tiveyi) x (merrilliana x campanulata) Clone A -$30

A homemade complex hybrid that sports a number of traits that make it great for beginners and people looking for fairly compact plants. Despite it only being a small portion of the parentage, influence of N. campanulata is strong in this cross, thus far with the rosettes staying small with fat, almost rounded leaves and pitchers that float just off the ends of the leaves, relatively small and pale green, hourglass-shaped, with a red-flushed interior. Other than having a thicker peristome and braod lid, they rather resemble campanulata pretty well thus far. and hopefully wil lstay that way with age, though any number of possibilities may come from the rest of the parent species.

Available plants are newly rooted cuttings between approx. 2-4" in diameter.

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N. gracilis "Bukit Barisan" Clone B -$25

One of three clones from this locality that I grow, this particular plant develops crimson red lower pitchers (and an abundance of them especially when it begins making carpet rosettes) up to around 2 inches tall, and upper pitchers that are slightly larger, and primarily green with some red highlights along the wing ribs and peristome. 

Available plants are rooted cuttings just beginning to establish new growth around 3" in diameter.

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N. gracilis "Bukit Barisan" Clone C -$25

One of three clones from this locality that I grow, this form does not develop pitchers as red as either of its siblings, but has a distinctively different growth shape, with more cylindrical overall proportions. Both lower and upper pitchers are mainly green with red highlights and sometimes speckling, and tend to average between 2-3 inches tall.

Available plant is a rooted cutting with established new growth approximately 5 inches in diameter.

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N. ventricosa "ICPS" -$20

Grown from a batch of seeds from the ICPS seedbank years ago, I nicknamed this one "Fat Lips" for a while because the immature lower pitchers seem to have a tendency to produce particularly chunky peristomes; this holds over into uppers in the form of a notably rounded cherry red peristome on shapely hourglass-profile pitchers that are often liberally spotted or speckled red on a cream or light red background. A classic beginner's species, though tends to do better in slightly cooler conditions.
Available plants are newly rooted cuttings with growth approx. 4-7" 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. Sunset Songs Clone A -$25

A rapid-growing and vigorous plant that should be tolerant of a wide variety of conditions, and it's a confirmed, viable FEMALE. Lower pitchers are squat and bulbous-cylindric, with heavy red mottling on a green or cream background (in shape they are much like some Indochinese species), and don't get more than a few inches tall as I have seen. Upper pitchers are similarly sized but funnel-shaped and entirely green, save for the thick, light red peristome.

Available plants are rooted cuttings between 5-9" in diameter.

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N. ampullaria "Harlequin" -$45

One of the classic clones from Borneo Exotics, this is a tricolor form with a red background marked in purple and green speckles (stronger contrast in higher light) and a peristome that ages from sunset colors to solid dark cherry. Pitchers can be hefty too, a couple of inches across and tall, and basal and aerial rosettes are quite readily produced.

Available rooted cutting is approx. 6" in diameter.