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    ... information on a Nepenthes hybrid known as N. x 'Rebecca soper'. I have seen many pictures of it, all from ppl in Asia or Europe. Some say that it is (ventricosa x ramispina) while others say its (gracillima x ventricosa). So which one is it? From what I can tell, it looks like N. x 'Black Knight' (ventricosa x ramispina). So is it just another name given to this hybrid, or is it completely different? Thanks for reading.

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    To be frank, I think 'Rebecca Soper' is Europe's 'Miranda', and there'll never be a definite answer.

    According to CP Photo Finder, it's [gracillima x ventricosa] - bred by Matthew Soper and being mass-produced in Holland. There's plants which show a strong ramispina influence, and others which definitely don't show anything like it...
    On another forum, the general consensus was that gracillima is the parent in the cross.

    On yet another forum, regarding this hybrid, I came across:
    'Rebecca Soper' is definitely ramispina x ventricosa.
    Matthew Soper told me he used ramispina for this cross but, at the time, ramispina was considered a synonym of gracillima (which is now called alba, gracillima is something else...;-)) Everyone there was in agreement that it's ramispina.

    Wikipedia, which lists alba as a separate species as it is now considered, acknowledges that it was once synonymous to gracillima (their description both sounds very similar, too). There's also this: http://www.necps.org/documents/Nepen...gracillima.pdf

    Wikipedia also lists gracillima and ramispina as different species, and notes that ramispina is very similar to gracillma and there is much debate about whether the two should be treated as separate species.

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