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    pitcher plants and adventure



    Lowland N.veitchii were thought to be growing in most part of the lower mountain range of Sarawak. Where they were sighted their population were low. Their growth habitat heath forest were mostly in inaccessible and untamed places usually at higher altitude. Through researching and interviewing one place was worth investigating. An isolated place that required a walking distance of 3 hrs through virgin jungle, a cave on the mt top where native men dwell and collect bird’s nests. The first 3 trips was unsuccessful –uncertain on the exact trail, some jungle traisl came to an abrupt end for no particular reasons and worse were those that goes up mountain only to find , after an hr or 2, it goes downhill connecting to an abandon logging road.

    Sunday 18th May, 2008 we set off at first through a typical lowland slightly peaty and sandy. Not much unusual sightings, it was like most lowland that we encountered, 3 species of gingers were very common.

    Plagiostachys crocydocalyx was first collected in 1865-1867 by Beccari, an Italian botanist. Inflorescence are slimy and enormous…



    …and the flowers are yellow.


    globba francisci


    A solitary stagehorn fern perch on a tall tree





    Walking through slightly dense primary forest where trees are thin and straight and growing on the lower section near the ground are bulbophyllum with varying number of petals





    A species of terrestrial orchid similar to one that I came across in Bario




    The journey continued. The forest were getting more mossy , still no sight of pitcher plants but many exotic plants in vivid colour were found growing among leaves debris.

    pinanga veitchii


    and a species of gesneraid


    More unknown plants




















    Plants filling in every available space provided by nature

    Creepers and ferns on boulders overgrown with an unknown moss




    Beautiful formation by this strange creeper on tree trunk

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    Taking photos of plants slow down our journey. It was already 1.30pm by then. We have already spent 4 hours and the destination wasn’t in sight. It would take about 2 hours to walk out of the forest. Just then 2 bird nest collectors were on their way back, after selling off their harvest and returning with back pack of rations. After discussing our purpose they decided to lead the way. The final ascent was gruelling that required steep climb among exposed roots. A path the collectors purposely chosen, not having to waste making temporary wooden ladder which rot later but making full use of what nature provide.

    The highest point where they dwell contain caves where the oriental swiftlets populate. The bird nests were priceless and command high price. Hard life but the return was handsome. Except for cooking pots everything were what nature provided. Table and stool were made from hardy sticks.





    Enjoying the impressive view down below, from 700 meter above





    Right above the cave was the heath forest. We made a quick investigation and saw veitchii, gracilis, reinwardtiana, and hirsuta.There maybe others and hybrids but we’re running out of time. Took some photos and hastily made a quick descent before nightfall, promising to return another day.

    Veitchii growing on exposed boulder









    Thanks again for viewing

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    WOW ! That must have been a great time.
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    epic.

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    Awesome! It always amazes me how Nepenthes in the wild can grow on boulders like that.
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    Sweet, you grow any nepenthes yourself?
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    Speechless..... wow
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    thats a very impressive journey, I'm incredibly jealous

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