I only have 2 nepenthes. I purchased this plant at a garden center and it did not have a tag. I'm hoping that you serious collectors will be able to help ID this plant.
The plant in the photo is N. tobaica x N. ventricosa. This plant is in mass tc from Europe and is now being distributed thru Garden Centers around the US and Europe. It's an easy grower and stays small and compact. They do best in intermediate conditions-ours got a little sulky during the hottest part of the summer here in south Florida.
I bought this plant and it was labled N. tobaica but it was soon clear that it was not (at least in my novice opinion). I believe I have this plant as well but mine is developing red speckling on the larger pitchers. Most pitchers are green especialy the small ones and the peristome on my plants look more ventricosa like. I don't have a digital camera or I would post a picture. Maybe I can borrow one.
Sure sounds like tobaica x ventricosa. The larger pitchers will pick up some reddish spotting, especially if it experiences bright days with cool nights. Every now and then they produce a pitcher that is very ventricosa-like.
Hello to everybody,
the last 2-3 jears you could find in nearly every garden center plants labeled with "Nepenthes tobaica". But this plants have nothing to do with N.tobaica.
This plants are simply hybrids between N.ventricosa and N.khasiana. And this plant is look like the same as I have in my collection.
Many greetings from Austria,
elgecko's plant appears to be N. khasiana x ventricosa as it looks to me.
Sorry, I don't see khasiana at all. The hybrid of ventricosa x khasiana was made right here in south Florida by Ron Pratt years ago and he called it N. emmarene. There are a number of clones of emmarene around and the plant pictured does not look like any of them. However, it does look very much like the plant from the big Dutch nursery that is sold here in the US as N. tobaica. It is obviously a hybrid, and displays characteristics of N. ventricosa. Typical of what happens at the big Dutch wholesale nursery, they name the plant after the seed bearing plant. In this case it is tobaica, and the hybrid does exhibit tobaica like characteristics too. For one, it is small. We have plants of this clone that are several years old and it never reaches the proportions of N. emmarene or any other khasiana hybrid for that matter. It retains a smallish growth habit even when vining out-reminding me of N. tobaica.
Hi Trent, thats an interesting history of the hybrids. I think it just appears to have khasiana in it due to the operculum shape and the leaf shape. N. tobiaca looks like it has more of a lanced shape to the leaves. The leaves on elgeckos plant look just like khasiana and ventricosa, quite blunt and pretty wide, just the opposite of N. tobiaca's leaves.
I can see your point, Dustin, but it still does not look like the plants I've seen that are for sure khasiana x ventricosa, and I've seen a number of clones. Also, why call it tobaica if tobaica has nothing to do with it. I know khasiana is CITES Appendix I, and there may be a certain fear factor concerning shipping across international borders even if a hybrid includes the name "khasiana". So if you're gonna lie about it, pick something a little more romantic than tobaica. Even distillatoria would be better!
Another pointer towards tobaica is this cute little hybrid's propensity for intermediate-highland growing conditions. They do not like south Florida summer heat, and we have to put them in the coolest spot in our greenhouse from June to Oct. We have this same problem with tobaica and ventricosa. Khasiana is a weed for us, as are its hybrids, thriving in extreme heat during the summer. In fact, it is one of the few species that can be grown outdoors in full sun in south Florida.
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