3 might be mixta? 0.o looks similar
Well, I would like to know if you received #3 from a local nursery.
#3 is from a greenhouse. its over 30yrs old. Not sure where it came from.
Frenchy, when you say it "could just be an upper" what do you mean by that.
That the pitcher in the picture is an upper pitcher of the Nepenthes, as Neps have lowers, intermediates, and uppers.
So each pitcher just has a slightly different appearance based on how old it is?
Er, kind of, I guess. When a Nepenthes is young and still its vine is still short, they produce pitchers that are suited to be on the ground. While the plant ages, the vine grows and grows, until the pitchers are lifted off from the ground. From there, the lower pitchers slowly develop its pitchers, one by one, to upper pitchers, which are designed to capture fly insect, I believe. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
Edit: Also, the tendrils of upper pitchers tend to loop, like the one on your pitcher. That indicates it's probably an upper pitcher. How long is the vine of the plant?
So wouldnt it be easier to identify a Nepenthes from the uppers?
Well, I made an edit, and I guess you posted while I did, but yours seems to have uppers. IMO, it's easier to identify Nepenthes by lowers than uppers, but I guess that's because no one hardly ever need IDs for ones that make uppers since they already have an ID. :x
XVART is correct
#2 IS N. alata, "boshiana mimic." -- I have on in my collection
The cool heathen chick