Me and Anthro went to the Hortus Botanicus in Leiden (Netherlands) today to visit the carnivorous plants collection, which turned out to be only worth visiting for the Nepenthes genus (our intention anyway) because the Sarracenia / Drosera (the size of pygmies even though they werenít) and others were very standard.
But they have quite a large amount of Nepenthes in their greenhouses. Although I must say we expected a bit more of the collection. (Some people saying itís the best one in Europe, etc...)
Mainly because most of the Neps werenít that big as we had hoped, with one exception though: a huuuge Northiana in the non-public part (which we snuck in anyways [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]).
We had a great time and took 23 photos for you to enjoy so sit back and relax.
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Starting with the small Northiana which stood in the public area:
In our opinion the prettiest pitcher of the smaller ones.
The small and subtle Albomarginata with its distinctive white collar:
While viewing this lovely plant it didnít took Anthro long to make up his mind whether he will or will not add this plant to his future lowland terrarium.
Whoever said that Bicalcarata was the most vicious carnivorous plant in existence wasnít referring to this fangless sissy: [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
Two pictures of beautiful lower pitchers of an Eymae. Too bad no wineglass shaped upper pitchers though.
We never heard of a Faizaliana before. But it looks great.
Nothing special but looking good nonetheless
They had a lot of these little fellaís: Macfarlanei
This pretty big Merrilliana was quite happy with all the ants on itís peristome getting drunk just waiting to plunge into the abyss (with a little evil help of Anthro >;-D ).