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Thread: Suggestions on species/hybrids with black pitchers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SubRosa View Post
    Ah, I see. Trying to grow Nepenthes with black pitchers under lowland growing conditions is something stupid people do.
    I think the reality is that all the "black" species are highland types. I don't know if there is a "black" lowlander. Although, some variants of N. albomarginata come close.

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    LL dark pitchers - some amps are pretty dark. and ive seen very dark but speckled raffs

    izu X ramis lowers are awesome! basically matte black. but the uppers are green which is a bit lame
    same applies to izu X maxima

    lowii X bosch also has some big and very dark clones.
    lowii X camp has some near black lowers. but, as with lowii X bosch, there is a lot of variability in the cross.

    easy and common options would be rebecca soper and (vent X sang) X ramispina. in good light the pitchers are very dark on both.
    singalana hybrids tend to be very dark as well.
    Last edited by morbus; 05-11-2015 at 04:30 PM.

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    N. gracilis has "black" forms, if you're looking lowland. The key to growing them successfully with good coloration is actual sunlight. I believe near full sun is also required. Below you can see a photo of one:



    Just be warned that, unless you get a cutting from one confirmed to have such dark coloration, you could end up with a plant that does not get nearly as dark.

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    EP does have a "black" variant of N. albo in cultivation:



    However, I'm not sure that it's available for purchase. Nor, I think, do many places have "black" N. albo available. Most of the time, people seem to have green or that muddied red-green one. Occasionally, I see red variants. Usually, they are sold or traded as small plants. As with N. gracilis, you'd want to get a cutting from a plant confirmed "black."

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    Thanks for the suggestions everyone! Will update this thread with what I end up getting.

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    I've heard of some aristolochioides hybrids also being very dark, singalana x aristo pops into my mind immediately:



    I also think EP has a very dark purple form of N. tentaculata, but I might be wrong on that.
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    N.ramispina x singalana has very dark pitcher's and is an easy grower. Not black but a deep purple.

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    Very nice black ones!!!

    Ramon

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