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    What's the one that has vines of 20 feet long or something?
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    i think it's veitchii

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    Biggest nepenthes vine length size? Hmm I'd say N. ampullaria also...it get's very viney...that's why the natives still use it's vines to bind stuff together. Biggest nepenthes plant size I'd say would be N. bicalcarata, N. truncata or the highland form of N. truncata. N. lowii and N. rajah are also very large plants.

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    The Nepenthes bicalcarata is said to get 30 meters which is roughly like 90 feet (pitchers only reaching 25 cm/10 inches or as I like to tell my freinds "human head sized" when they ask how big they'll get). The bical is my fastest growing plant, outgrowing my largest container (a showerstall) within six months of purchasing the plant.

    As far as potential pitcher size alone the awards would probably go to Nepenthes edwardsiana (50 cm), Nep. truncata highland (50 cm), Nep. merilliana (45 cm), Nep rafflesiana giant form (45cm), Nep rajah (35 cm).

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    I think one of the biggest Nepenthes are N. Rajah, because when fully matured it can even digest small mammals. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]





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    Bicalcurata is probably the biggest Nepenthes. It can become massize. Veitchii can climb vertical tree trunks to great heights though. N. lowi and its hybrids can also become very large.

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    for picher size depends if u mean length or volume.
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    N. rajah has some of the biggest but not the biggest pitchers, when you compare N. rajah pitchers (35 cm L x 18cm W) to N. edwardsiana pitchers (50 cm L x 16cm W) the rajah pitchers are almost half the length. Don't get me wrong, I'm not maligning rajah (I love mine) but I would gladly trade several of my rajahs for an edwardisiana! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    All these larger Nepenthes pitchers are potentially capable of trapping small reptiles & mammals (like mice and rats). I honestly don't believe the monkey story that gets passed around. Monkeys are far too agile/strong to be trapped in a pitcher, even a very big one. Unless the monkey was trapped head down and drowned-but even this I would need to see to believe.When I was a kid one of my freinds dads had bought a small monkey (in the early 80s you could buy monkeys at pet shops-abhorrible but true) and this little guy swatted at a fish in an aquarium and cracked the glass. I don't think this little monkey could have been trapped in a pitcher, or anywhere for that matter even when he was very small he was a fantastic jumper/climber.

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