A surprisingly delicately-colored hybrid, N. 'First Light': N. spathulata X (spectabilis X veitchii):
Curiously, N. veitchii dominates the look of this hybrid, where normally spathulata would override the other species. Its nice to have a few more pastel hybrids among all the dark/black and more boldly colored plants.
In the meantime, a new photo of my Wistuba hamata, clone 3. I wanted to get lots of sharp detail in the main pitcher's peristome, so:
Don't they remind you of these?
I don't recall when I bought my mikei, but it was last winter sometime, so I've had it for seven or eight months, at least. It was small when I got it, with only two small pitchers on it. Many of the pitchers you see are at least six months old, except of course the largest ones, which are less than three months old. I'm not sure what kind of a reputation this species has, in terms of cultural needs ( I get the impression some people find it moderately difficult?), but in my greenhouse this has been a very easy plant and has grown faster than average. I put this plant very high on my list of favorites!
I too didn't like the mikei from the first shot. The full pot shot brought it back into perspective and showed the true beauty of this plant. Won me over!