Interestingly enough, the last few sizable contracts I had to germinate and/or tissue culture Nepenthes seed -- a very generous number of them -- were those collected by participants íon both Chin Lee's and, most recently, Stewart McPherson's perennially promoted travels to SE Asia. As an aside, I just received the latest email, flogging a sixteen day trip to Sulawesi, assuring that the giddy participants would return within days of Christmas.
"Ark of Life," dime-store conservancy groups or not, orchid and Nepenthes seeds are regularly harvested on all of these trips; and I can scarcely believe that the trip leaders are entirely ignorant of that.
Dollars to doughnuts, I'll be asked to flask seed by New Years . . .