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Thread: Borneo and its nepenthes: a pictorial tour

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    Worm? Wasn't it a leach...?
    Demystifying Nepenthes: http://www.nepenthesforeveryone.com

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    Certainly looked like a leech to me. Wouldn't like one of those things hanging off my ankle. Looks like it'd drain a litre of blood.

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    Mike,great and fabulous photos in such short visit.were the "Dutchmen" not your camera target,beside the neps? You reached the summit of mt.Kinabalu?...it's hard to be humble..when you have reached the top..show everyone your certificate ..hee..he.. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    Awesome pictures. I especially liked the ant & nectar photo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (SydneyNeps @ Sep. 18 2005,1:18)]Worm? Wasn't it a leach...?
    In the book "Globetrotter Visitor's Guide - Kinabalu Park" Anthea Phillipps writes: "Above Pondok Mempening [a shelter on the summit trail] where the trail runs over a rocky outcrop the rare giant Kinabalu leech has been seen, but only in pouring rain. This leech (which has still not been positively named) is bright orange-red and up to 30 centimetres (12 inches) or so in length. Almost nothing is known about it and its habits, but it is not a blood-sucker. It appears to feed mainly on the giant grey-blue Kinabalu earthworms [which I also saw, but sorry no photos] and to live in damp earth and leaves in cracks between the rocks."

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (rbjong @ Sep. 18 2005,3:26)]Mike,great and fabulous photos in such short visit.were the "Dutchmen" not your camera target,beside the neps? You reached the summit of mt.Kinabalu?...it's hard to be humble..when you have reached the top..show everyone your certificate ..hee..he.. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
    Heh, I wish! There were no more places left in the Laban Rata resthouse (all booked well in advance) and it would be almost impossible to complete the climb both ways in a single day. I was only really interested in the neps anyway, so I climbed about as far as Pondok Villosa (hope I didn't give anything away!).

    I approached the mountain from both sides - the Kinabalu HQ trail and the relatively new Mesilau trail - in order to see as many Nepenthes as possible. I'll post the next photos soon.

    Thanks,
    Michael.

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    The following photographs were taken on the Mesilau trail and surrounding area of the Mesilau resort.


    This is my only photograph of N. reinwardtiana. The plant was growing high up on a steep slope.


    Only decent photo of N. fusca that I have (can't believe I cut off the lid!). These were quite rare on the two summit trails.


    Group of N. tentaculata plants growing at the side of the Mesilau trail.


    Close-up of small N. tentaculata plant.


    Hanging pitchers of N. tentaculata.


    Nice dark-coloured pitcher.


    N. tentacultata growing over some moss.


    Unopened pitcher.


    Very small N. tentaculata plant.


    This is one of only two N. tentaculata plants I managed to see on the Kinabalu HQ trail. Most plants seem to have been destroyed by collectors and maybe the 1997/98 El Nino? Photo taken in very misty conditions.

    Next series of photos will include: N. burbidgeae, N. rajah, N. villosa, and some interesting hybrids.

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    WOW
    Fantastic pictures [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img] lovely plants and scenery i can never get bored of these sort of photos ,keep them coming please.
    Bye for now Julian

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