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    Nepenthes Specialist nepenthes gracilis's Avatar
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    N. sibuyanensis? Could also more likely be the hybrid N. merrillana x N. alata (N. x Merrilliata)
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    I saw this on the other forum, Merlin, and was really perplexed. Thanks for the location info. If it had come from Mindanao I would certainly have said a merrilliana hybrid, but Luzon does put it out of range. Your choices on Luzon are ventricosa, alata and mirabilis, and I don't see a hybrid combining any of these three, especially when looking at the leaf structure and growth habit. It could be an unusual form of ventricosa.
    As for new species, it's possible, but it's hard to jump to that conclusion based on a few photos. Would be nice to see photos of several different individual plants. At what altitude does it grow?

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    when i first looked at it i though N. Sibuyanensis too.... Luzon is where N. alata grows.... i dont see why we couldnt rule out N. x Merrilliata either....
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    Merriliata is not found on Luzon.

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    True, Trent. Silly question though...how far can Nepenthes pollen travel? Probably not wind, but could it be an accidental passenger? Alas, even if that were the case, no way to prove it, eh?
    If the collector can get several photos from different plants, as Trent said, and they are all similar, than you may have something indeed.
    If we can get Rob Cantley to take a look, I am sure his opinion would be invaluable.

    Cheers,

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    It was found on 1700-1800 meters asl. I'll try to get the pictures they got from the wild. Merrilliana is found in mindanao which is at the bottom of the country. These neps are found to flourish in the northern part of the country. Ventricosa form... really? I dont see any ressemblance.

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    Could be some form of ventricosa.
    But ventricosa looses its wings with age right?
    Your plant is still fairly young.

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    here are some pictures taken in the wild with some alatas in the same area.










    regards

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