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    I've been looking for a specimen of this species for a long time, and would be most
    grateful if anyone can tell me where I might find one. Feel free to contact me
    privately if you wish.

    BTW, am looking for the *real* edwardsiana, *not* N. edwardsiana ssp. macrophylla.
    Am aware of the tremendous rarity of this species, and offer assurance that it will be
    well cared for.

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    From what I have heard Edwardsiana is not even in captivity yet except for a few poachers probably, but it hasn't entered TC yet so no I think we all will have to wait for this species for a while. I have been on the search for it too and still am but keep your hopes up and you head high and soon maby it will enter cultivation.

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    Well, maybe you should try Malesiana Tropicals. There is a picture form their nursery a japanese visitors group took, at the bottom of this page:

    http://isweb18.infoseek.co.jp/photo/jcps/farm.htm

    The plant does not look like the N. macrophylla clones beeing around here in Germany so it may be the real one.

    Joachim

    (Also looking for this species but being reasonable and waiting for TC-plants...)

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    Joachim,

    Please do not think me unreasonable for merely posting an enquiry.
    I am an ethical person and do not condone the collection of anything other
    than seeds from the wild, and even that only in very small quantities for TC
    propagation. I am perfectly content to wait until this species is available from
    tissue culture, and am merely trying to see if any such sources for this plant exist,
    other than MT (which apparently has it but has met with very limited success in its
    propagation). Perhaps I should have worded my posting a bit more clearly....

    In any case, thanks for the link to the photos; I had not seen them previously.
    FYI, the plant shown is indeed edwardsiana; it is a specimen collected by staff
    at MT.

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    I don't think anyone thought you were unreasonable neps!
    \"Maybe in order to understand mankind, we have to look at the word itself: \"Mankind\". Basically, it\'s made up of two separate words - \"mank\" and \"ind\". What do these words mean ? It\'s a mystery, and that\'s why so is mankind.\" ~ Jack Handey

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    Jeff,

    sorry, I didn't want to offense you and of course I didn't meant what you did read: I would be very happy if you would grow this species, because you are obviously able to get it to flowering size and be able to bring it safe into cultivation. I for my part couldn't state this under my conditions and so I wait for this plant entering TC.

    Loosing a plant from TC is bad for the grower but the genetical material isn't lost. Loosing a plant collected from the wild or also a seed grown plant is a whole other thing. It can't be replaced, it is finally lost and the genetical material may be of big worth for succeeding generations of this species (N. clipeata may stand as example for this).

    From my point of view rare plants collected from the wild and also seed of rare plants should only go to those people whom are able to propagate them successfully. Propagation and then spreading them is the only way to avoid further collecting plants from the wild.

    Luckily enough most known Nepenthes have entered TC right now but what happens with tuberous drosera is just worrying to me.

    Joachim

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