Whats your favorite nepenthes?
Whats your favorite nepenthes?
If you ask this question to the senior members of this forum, they would reply, Most of them are their favourites.. Owning a nepenthes is so intoxicating and addictive that one wants to have more and more and more.........
Having said that, I would start mentioning a few;
N. macrophylla, N. Ovata, N. izumiae (black), N. jacquelinae, N. lowii, N. burbidgeae, N. densiflora, N. rajah, N. veitchii, and last but not least, N. muluensis (purple with white lids).
and N. bicalcarata.
"all of them" obviously! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
But seriously my faves that I own (and reasons thereof) are:
N. hamata - it just looks like a beast with wiry hairs sticking up off the lid and the wicked looking clawed peristome which seems to evolve "outward" as the plant matures. It's also a very rapid grower in cool conditions
N. bicalcarata - it too has teeth but it's growth speed is awesome in hot conditions.
N. aristolochioides - I love the small globular pitchers which look like hanging swallows nests And to a far lesser degree the flowers of Aristolochia (which it is named after).
N. rajah - a slow grower for most people but mine seems to be pleased with my conditions and has given me many nivce surprises over the year and some months that I've had it. Including reproducing itself 4 times in offshoots (even at a small size) and paying for itself several times over by sale of some of the offshoots. Plus my main rajah plant has grown faster than I expected.
Basically, as Gus said, once you have a nep and have figured out how to grow it well, you too will be addicted...
All of them.
Especially the ones that I don't have yet! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
Seriously, of the ones I have (about 20), my current faves are the following, based as much on the current size and condition of them as anything:
N. maxmima x ventricosa (vigorous grower, huge, wide-mouthed traps)
N. ampularia (grows like crazy, 3inch traps)
N. albomaringata (cool dark purple pitchers with white stripe under peristome. Mine grows consistently, but slowly.)
N. maxima x albomaringata (very cool light green pitchers with red specks, and a deep red "judith finn"-style peristome)
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I refuse to answer this question in that is cruel and unusual punishment to force me to pick just one!!!
Now if I was going to answer it.. which I am not. I would pick....
Is that a Nepenthes in your pocket or you just happy to see me?
Horray for hamata! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
hmm, I like mine N. sanguinea [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] it Malay like me and it has nice pither, I also like N. veitchii and N. X ventrata [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]
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ALL OF THEM!! I could never, ever pick, it's way to hard!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/alien.gif[/img]
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Just 1? Wow, I would have to go with N. Villosa, I love the peristome!
For one that I own, it would be N. Xiphioides. I love the egg shaped orange pitchers!
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Get back with me once I find a way to grow every single lowland plant that I can fit under the pergola. *It truly is unfair to have to pick. *It's the comparisons and differences that makes each one so special. *
Rafflesiana is a really beautiful and diverse variety. *Alata or ventrata have very elegant pitchers -- not to mention all the types of alatas. *Bicalcarata makes the cobra lily look tame. *Ampullaria is weird, but cool weird. *Miranda is impressive in terms of size, some of the top leaves and pitchers get HUGE, to me anyway. *Coccicinea makes really nice red color, and mine is starting to get healthy and grow like a weed -- so I love it! *Etc. *
I think we get just a bit [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rolleyes.gif[/img] emotionally invested in our plants. *Hence, sometimes the cheapest little plant is the best, if you nursed it back to health or something similar. *OK, maybe a LOT emotionally invested sometimes. *If you celebrate each new growth point, you might have a problem. *[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]