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    The attached image shows a plant which is,
    apparently, the true N. burkei, or so Charles
    Clarke has told me after conferring with
    Shigeo Kurata. The pitcher shown is still
    quite young, and its peristome has not
    yet assumed its customary ruddy hue.

    Note that it is morphologically quite similar
    to N. ventricosa, but the "waist" of the pitcher
    is not as constricted as one finds in that case.
    However, my personal opinion is that it is pretty
    nearly indistinguishable from N. ventricosa.


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    wow! thanks for the pic. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

    The only differance I see between N. ventrincosa and N. burkei is that N. burkei has a more elongated pitcher than ventrincosa, mine [ventrincosa] tend to be a little more fatter and shorter [about 4-5 in. tall, and about 1 1/2 in. wide] and the peristome seems to be redder [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    like this one too
    you sure making our ID work easier
    Thanks
    Arie
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    If you look at the photos from Exotica, it gets even tougher, as they have a elongated form of ventricosa.

    Regards,

    Joe

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    There should be a difference in the size of the lids also

    The plant shown on Exotica is very different again.
    Rob Cantley
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    Rob,

    Do you have a URL for the image you reference?

    I obtained this plant from Exotica, so it should
    be identical to what Geoff is showing.

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    I love that place (and ********** [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] ). Here

    N. burkie


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    Thank you for the reference. A direct comparison of this
    image, and mine, above, shows that the overall pitcher
    size and shape are the same. The markings, while sparser
    in my image, are of the same color, shape, and
    size. I suspect that they are fewer in number because the
    cutting I have came from further up the vine, and pitchers
    located there are, in many species, less colorful. Certainly,
    I've observed this with N. ventricosa. Once I get a basal
    node to break, should have some more colorful pitchers for
    a direct comparison.

    Finally, the other major difference that really stands out is
    the color of the peristome. However, as I mentioned above,
    the peristome on my plant has yet to assume its reddish color.
    This happens after the pitcher opens, and is a function of
    the light intensity to which the peristome is exposed. Since
    many of my plants are cultivated under artificial light, their
    coloration is sometimes inferior to that of specimens grown
    under natural sunlight.

    In any case, I appreciate everyone's input regarding this
    thread!

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