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Thread: Nep id: nepenthes khasiana?

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    Hi All,

    I posted a topic in regards to identifying this Nepenthes as the species 'Khasiana' or a hybrid with mirbailis last year at some point. The previous thread can be found at this link:
    PREVIOUS THREAD ABOUT KHASIANA

    It appears as summer draws closer the size of pitchers increase in size as represented in some of the photos below.

    Also at the onset of spring, the pitchers in spring are different to those in summer.

    Taken WITH flash. Same plant. The pitcher on the left is from last years summer. The pitcher on the right is from early spring this year.


    Taken WITHOUT flash. Same plant. The pitcher on the left is from last years summer. The pitcher on the right is from early spring this year.


    This was a photo of pitchers taken side by side from the same plant but produced in a different season. I understand pitchers are polymorphic. However, I find this odd that it produces pitchers in Spring as on the right and pitchers in summer as on the left. Quite a difference in peristome, lid, etc...

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    Let me know what you think.

    Cheers,
    Christian

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    It looks like khasiana to me. You might have a dif clone with slightly different traits. Lucky you [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]. You should try sending me a cutting [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img] .

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    is that a collar looks like a albo cross? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]
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    does it revert back to large pitchers in summer, then small, and so on and so on according to the seasons?

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    Hey Chris,

    It is a khasiana. My clone did the same thing and, as JLAP questioned, it seemed to be a seasonal thing. Probably a light or temp dependent thing would be my guess though moisture/humidity could be part of it too. I never really bothered to figure it out because it would revert to larger pitchers and I'd be happy. Too bad that 17F snap wasted it, it was one of my biggest Neps at the time, I am sure it would have broke 3m this year [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img]

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    khasiana do have a collar like albo, it starts light like in the picture but will turn pink/red with age.
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    Is it highland or lowland? If it's lowland, I've got to get one!

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    Khasiana is one of those species that will grow both highland and lowland...so call it intermediate!

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    HI all,

    LOL - It is certainly possible that it is a different clone with different traits. I purchased this one 6 years ago as a stick from Collectors Corner. At the time, it had a tag with male on it. However, last year it flowered and is definately female as in photos in my previous thread. As far as I knew, there were no female khasianas in Australia at that time.

    fc3srx713b - If it was an albo cross, I do not believe it would grow well outside in Victoria, Australias' conditions.

    JustLikeAPill - Yes it has gone through the same cycle each year. It was only this year that I was able to take photos of pitchers side by side from different seasons. Pitchers in spring appear to be always smaller than the ones in summer.

    Pyro - Long time no speak. How are you? I thought those environmental factors were major contributions in difference in pitchers. My concern was that it looked like N. x Manny Herrera cross (Photos in previous thread link at top). Each year, pitcher size always increases, although has taken 5 years to get to a decent size. I can kind of sympathize, this has had its' growing vine cooked, hit by hailstones, experienced 45 degree temps in the greenhouse in its juvenile years and 39 outside in its mature years. Not to mention been attacked by swarms of aphids and strangled and pricked by the blueberry bush.

    Mesial - I would have to say it is a highland/Intermediate. I have not grown mine in lowland conditions to confidentally say it grows well as a lowland.

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