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Thread: Borneo and its nepenthes: a pictorial tour

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    During the summer holiday period I visited Singapore, Sarawak and Sabah. Naturally, like any Nepenthes enthusiast would, I decided to venture into the jungle in search of these insectivorous wonders. Here I will post selected photographs from the trip.

    I will make regular updates with new photos (there are lots I'd like to post!). I will try to put them in the approximate order I saw them myself, so Neps from a particular location will appear together. Also, I have saved the best 'til last. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

    Now, onto the photos...

    First, I visited Bako National Park. This is a relatively small but unique park. Luckily, it does not seem to attract too many tourists and so is largely unspoilt. It is here that I encountered 5 species of Nepenthes, the first of which were N. rafflesiana and N. gracilis...


    N. gracilis plants scrambling over a shrub, growing in open heath vegetation.


    Close-up of dark N. gracilis pitcher.


    N. gracilis vine growing horizontally over bare rock.


    N. gracilis and N. rafflesiana plants. Note the red colouring of the N. rafflesiana's leaves as a result of direct exposure to sunlight.


    N. rafflesiana - upper pitcher.


    Upper pitcher viewed from the side.


    Nice lower pitcher of the species.


    Another upper - note the ant feeding on the nectar.


    Unusually coloured lower pitcher of N. rafflesiana.

    That's it for now. Next up: N. albomarginata, N. ampullaria and N. hirsuta.

    If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Also, I took ~380 photos on the trip, so if you have anything in particular you'd like to see then let me know and I'll try and see if I can find something for you.

    Thanks,
    Michael.

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    WOOHOOO AWSOME AWSOME!! Keep em coming!! I want to see all 380!!

    Really great photos!

    At least in that area were most growing like that in bright sun? What were the temperatures like?

    Tony
    Is that a Nepenthes in your pocket or you just happy to see me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Tony Paroubek @ Sep. 17 2005,8:38)]WOOHOOO AWSOME AWSOME!! Keep em coming!! I want to see all 380!!

    Really great photos!

    At least in that area were most growing like that in bright sun? What were the temperatures like?

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    Hi Tony, thanks for the kind words.

    All N. gracilis plants grew in open heath vegetation where they were exposed to direct sunlight. Most N. rafflesiana that I saw, however, grew under the shade of trees in the forest itself. I didn't measure the temperature, but I'd say they were basically typical lowland conditions.

    The following neps were growing in lowland kerangas forest.


    Several rosettes of N. ampullaria.


    A small "carpet" of amps at Bako National Park.


    More N. ampullaria pitchers.


    N. albomarginata - green form.


    An upper pitcher of the same type.


    A different colour variant.


    The red form of N. albomarginata.


    What I believe to be N. hirsuta. Sorry about the contrast - these plants were growing in quite shady conditions.


    Nice green lower pitcher.


    Photo showing pitcher as well as leaf and stem detail.


    Coming up next: N. fusca, N. reinwardtiana and N. tentaculata.

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    Next, I was off to that most famous of Nepenthes havens - Mount Kinabalu.



    The climb would be long and hard...



    ...and the dangers all too apparent...



    ...but the reward would be worth it in the end.

    I'll post the next series of photos tomorrow.

    Hope you like them so far,
    Michael.

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    The peristome in Pic 204 is incredible. I just love rafflesiana uppers. No matter how good we get at it in the greenhouse, Mother Nature is always ready to show us up. We have been served!

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    I am sooo happy to see these photos, lowlanders in thier natural environment.... delightful, most delightful indeed. I can't wait to see whats next.
    https://www.instagram.com/hull.jess/ (I post pics of my plants there)

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    Wow, excellent pics, its always a lot cooler to see plants grown in the wild. I'd like to use that worm for fishing one day! (J/K)
    Are those worms pretty common in that area?
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    Michael,

    Thank you for sharing the fantastic pictures. It's really informative seeing plants in their natural habitat.

    Can't wait to see more!!
    "You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus" - Mark Twain

    "Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something." - Pancho Villa, last words.

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