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    Hi Ch'ien,
    The Photo is GREAT [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] I'm looking forward to see your website !!!

    I have a N.burkei which I got from Oly Marthaler (that would be one in Europe ;-) )

    Here is an intermediate pitcher




    The pitcher is not as impressive as the one you have photographed, but I believe that it is a burkei. We can see the two lines (wing ribs) at the front of the pitcher, which are characteristics of this species.

    Best regards,

    David Streit
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    Wait a minute, are you the Ch'ien that goes cliff hanging in order to transplant N. clipeata plants where they will be out of reach to collectors, suspending your self on pencil thin tree limbs far above the forest floor? If so, then you are crazy as a bug on a pitcher lip.

    I like that!

    Welcome to Terra Forums. You'll fit right in here I think :-)

    It's a real honor to see you here!
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    Don't forget rediscovering a very nice lowland plant! And I'd be interested in seeing the new website, too. Welcome to the forums!




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    Ch'ien Lee, I have a lot of plants with your name on them. A grower in Washington State (Andrew Marshall) sold me plants that include your name on the labels. I always wondered who Ch'ien Lee was.

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    What a pleasant surprize to see you pop up here! A warm welcome to you sir!

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    Thanks for the kind welcome to the forum here! It's great to hear from so many Nep enthusiasts out there.

    Glad to know that N. burkei has been well circulated in cultivation. Here's a couple more photos of the plants in the wild. Vegetatively the plants are virtually indistinguishable from N. ventricosa, but the pitchers are consistently less waisted, with a steeper mouth, wider peristome and larger lid. There is a bit of variation in the color of the pitcher, with some being almost entirely red. Also note the huge difference in the shape of the peristome between the lower and upper pitchers.





    There seem to be a lot of plants being circulated as "N. burkei" which are either actually N. ventricosa or represent intermediate forms between the two species. I'm not sure where they originate from and their proper ID will probably have to wait until someone capable of doing the research takes the time to clear up the mess. The plants coming from Australia (a single clone I think) originate from a site very close to the one I photographed these plants.

    >You mentioned a website soon. Will this be something new, not associated with
    > M.T.?

    My website will be online in about a month. No, it's not associated with MT, but it will be full of new photos of Nepenthes in the wild (plus many other tropical plants) as well as information on upcoming field trips I will be conducting in 2004.

    >P.S. at M.T. whats the progress with the giant red bicals?
    >hmm. . . someone may have said they were still in juvenile form or something

    In regards to the N. bicalcarata (giant red) from Malesiana Tropicals, at the time I left the company, all the plants of this variety had turned out in fact to be the natural hybrid N. bicalcarata x gracilis. This is a shame since this bical variety is really an incredible plant with very large dark purplish pitchers. Probably the seed was collected a bit off season and all the flowers had been pollinated by N. gracilis which grows in abundance in the same vicinity. The hybrid N. bicalcarata x gracilis (referred to as N. x cantleyi) is also a nice plant and though the peristome teeth are nearly absent, the pitchers can have a very nice red coloration.

    Best regards,
    Ch'ien

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    Hi Ch'ien,

    Concerning N. burkei, I may have another clone, which I haven't been able to photograph yeet. Of course, when I can do so, I'll it to the forum and to you ! Looking forward to hearing your opinion about it !

    BTW: could you send me a short email with your current email address, so I can communicate stg a bit more private ?

    Thanx already,

    OL

    ps: Please everybody, don't feel offended !

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    Welcome to the forums Olivier! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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