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    Jeff I'm sorry if I offended you or your friend but if these plants are greenhouse grown the ad should really say that and not (cut and paste):

    "Designed with a unique shape and a fossil like look, it is embedded with a real miniature PITCHER PLANT which are specially collected in the wild."

    I'm not knocking the product at all, as I said it looks neat and I would like one of each but the collected in the wild thing bothered me and made me appalled when I read it.

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    Okay, I still couldn't find it but I know what we are talking about now.
    Jeff's done the legwork on these people already, and I have seen this product first hand. This company does have a mistake, and that is in marketing. These are beautifully preserved pitchers in lucite or something similar, and we should all have one of these. I have never seen a preserved pitcher looking better than the one I saw.

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    I'm afraid I have to agree with swords on this one... regardless of my wanting one or not, the statement that they were "collected in the wild", has just assured that I will never purchase anything from them, weither the statement was true or not, simply because it tells me that they are irresponsible and willing to say anything to make a buck... IMO it is one very small step from saying anything to doing anything.
    I typo, therefore I edit.

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    Hello,

    As stated in the identical topic under general discussions, I would be posting a responce to my request for more information on the Nepenthes in resin.

    "Hello,
    Thank you for your enquiry. The pitcher plant is a Nepenthes sp. If you
    need to know the exact specie name I would need to check it up for you.
    This specie of pitcher plant are found in abundance and they grow wildly in
    highland forest of elevation of 5500 ft above sea level. These "monkey
    cups" are havested fresh from the pitcher plants and kept in refrigeration
    before being "moulded" with resin. Hope the information is useful. Till we
    speak, have a nice day."
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    Josh,

    I take no offense, and only wish to point out that even if pitchers are being harvested from wild plants, the plants themselves are not likely being destroyed. Moreover, I was told by the people producing this product that the pitchers they use were from greenhouse grown specimens. However, I certainly cannot confirm this.

    I wish to add that while I am very much in favor of protecting our planet's environment, it might be worthwhile to consider that harvesting a few pitchers (assuming that the plants are quite well represented at the collection site) may not be as deleterious as one would think. Certainly, this activity is not likely to have an impact anything like the simple deforestation currently occuring on a daily basis in that part of the world. In fact, making more people aware of the existence of Nepenthes, through this (or other) means, may ultimately help to prevent the extinction of the genus.

    In any case, I do commend you (and others) for your integrity and awareness of environmental issues. It's good to know that there are folks out there who care!

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    If someone makes money by removing some pitchers and creating lucite paperweights with them, it's far more benign than what is usually done to tropical forest. But not if they're taking plants, stripping off pitchers, and leaving plants to die. Unfortunately, that would be the cheapest way to do it and cheapest is what drives commerce.
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    I also asked yesterday and got this response, for what it's worth.
    I guess that would explain why I always see N. macfarlanei as the example(though I was thinking N. sanguinea was more common).

    Regards,

    Joe


    Hello Joe,
    Thank you for your e-mail. Yes, these Nephentes sp are found in abundance
    in the wild in the mountain region of Genting Highlands, Pahang (elevation
    of 5500 feet) . In Malaysia we don't have to grow them in greenhouses as
    the tropical climate is condusive for growth of these tropical plants. Hope
    the information is useful.

    Regards.........William T

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