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    I have to alot of ppl tell me nepenthes rajah size and they were all different so i want to know what a full size pitcher is , how tall the ptichers , the width of the pitcher , the amount of gallons it can hold , and what is the biggest thing it can catch . most of the places i go to ask sell them for about less then 30 bucks but they don't tell me .

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    OK here it is straight from "the Bible":

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    Excerpts from Nepenthes of Borneo by Charles Clarke:

    "Stem: 6 meters in length
    Leaves: 80 cm long, 15 cm wide
    Pitchers: 35 cm long, 18 cm wide
    Known to catch rats, frogs and lizards as well as insects."
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    The common conception is that the pitchers can hold up to 3 liters of fluid. But I don't know anyone locally with a mature N. rajah to test that theory. I accidentally dmped out my latest rajah pitcher (2"high) while repotting it, what a gross mess that was! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]

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    I didn't think rajah was that much of a climber, a rajah with a 6m stem would be something to see.

    Andrew

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    there was someone that had a picture of a nice size rajah that was posted early last year. looked like it could be a 3m
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    I think this is the one your refering to George.

    14 yr old N. rajah
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    yap, thats the one [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    Ok, if you wanna be a purist the exact stem description in Neps of Borneo is:

    "Stem: generally prostrate, < 6 meters in in length, < 25mm thick, internodes < 20cm, cylindrical "

    I just didn't wanna totally plagerize the book! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    I could be wrong(I am often), but you really have to invest in your set-up to get a rajah anywhere close to this. I have yet to buy one, as mine would be at best,a 8cm plant with very small pitchers(If lucky), and what is the point of having something not very impressive looking with a impressive name? I sometimes think many of us would be better off growing N. x Coccinea that are giant and bushy(I don't have the chamber yet to do even this), rather than little highland plants we all want to grow, but look like little green spiders.
    Whew, I don't know where that came from. Hopefully some time I will have a chamber that can be cooled and have air movement(and auto-watering and each plant have periodic auto-feeding, ect,ect [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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