As promised on another thread, I've been busy with my camera in the highlands over the past few days. *Finally whittled it down to about 30 or so photos which will be put onto a gallery on our website tomorrow but here's a selection:
Here is the view from just inside the door of No. 5. *This is a production area and the plants hanging on the left are mostly N. burbidgeae, the ones on the right are mostly N. copelandii – Mt Pasian form, which have yet to be released commercially.
Here are some Nepenthes in flower. *This is the protected “harem”. *When identified as such, boys are banned from this nursery and kept in another nursery building to prevent accidental cross-pollination.
This is the first photo of the natural hybrid N. truncata (highland) x copelandii from Mt. Pasian on Mindanao Island, Philippines…
A shot of the center of the stock area. *Working from front to back you can see N. boschiana, N. lowii – upper, N. lowii – lower and N. x trusmadiensis (N. lowii x N. macrophylla). *In between are all sorts of other things such as N. ephippiata, N. macrophylla, N. villosa N. truncata, N. burbidgeae and a host of other intermediate, highland and ultra-highlanders. *So you can see, it really is possible to grow these plants alongside each other in the same conditions. *Typical temperatures in this nursery are 25 deg C day and 12 deg C night.
Here is the N. x trusmadiensis again…
… and I like N. x trusmadiensis so much, here it is again! *I like this fabulous natural hybrid for many reasons, it's quite stunning IMO. This pitcher is 25cm or 10” from base to lid but this is still very immature. I have never been fortunate enough to see this hybrid in the wild, despite toiling up M.t Trus Madi several times but photos of wild specimens show immense pitchers.
Our first upper pitcher of N. lowii. *This is a very compact plant being only 12cm or 4” from the surface of the compost to the petiole of the leaf with the upper pitcher on it… *
Lower pitcher of a rather nice form of N. boschiana. *This pitcher is 30cm or 12” tall…
Poor gecko. * *R.I.P.!
Hope you enjoyed.