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    I've been hearing macrophylla described a lot as edwardsiana ssp. macrophylla. i know they are closely related, but is it accurate to define macro as a subspecies of edward?

    that aside, is edwardsiana in cultivation anywhere?
    if i were ruler of the world, anyone who defined a nepenthene as a "companion plant" to orchids would be fired from a cannon atop mt. kinabalu.

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    Nepenthes macrophylla was originally described as a subspecies of Nepenthes edwardsiana but Jebb and Cheek raised it to the species rank when they reviewed the genus. Charles Clarke has a detailed discussion of this in Nepenthes of Borneo and agrees with their interpretation. There is always room for debate on these things, however.

    There are no commercial sources for N. edwardsiana that I am aware of.

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    private collections have them.... but they arent released to the public yet... too bad
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    N. edwardsiana has been getting a reputation that it apparantly needs extremely high quality water....RO might not even be good enough for it. I also hear its very slow growing for a while, especially if in less than ideal conditions. Seems this one will be even more of a challenge to keep happy than N. villosa.

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    DARN IT!

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    How can you get better quality water than RO? Distilled is pretty pure too. That just baffles my mind. These plants grow in the wild. There is no magic RO system where they grow to purify their water before it is given to the plants. Rain water has contaminants in it too. So this just baffles my mind.

    I personally would like to see every species available to the public.
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    Nepenthes Specialist nepenthes gracilis's Avatar
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    I was getting at distilled quality. My RO is pretty darned pure as well...I think its only like 10ppm of TDS. But as some lecure material has recently documented, N. edwardsiana is very picky about water quality and TDS. It could have something to do with its natural soil in habitat that perhaps filters out certain contaminants...

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    Wow.

    DI.

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