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    Hi,

    this is a Nepenthes I obtained as N. maxima from New Guinea few years ago. The plant is growing slowly and has reached a size where identification might be possible - I doubt it being a N. maxima, although I trust my source that the location is correct.

    Any ideas what this could be?

    [img]http://home.**********.com/users/joachim/N_maxima_060104B.jpg[/img]

    [img]http://home.**********.com/users/joachim/N_maxima_060104A.jpg[/img]

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    Joachim,

    I agree with you that it's definitely not maxima, it lacks both the glandular bos, and the protruberence at the tip of the lid. As for what it actually is, hmmmmm.....

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    It definetly isn't a maxima. In addition to what SydneyNeps said, the tendrils don't seem hairy enough and my maxima grows at what I consider medium speed. This is all based on my experiences with maxima, though. As to what it is, it looks somewhat N. gymnamphora-ish, though as far as I know, that doesn't grow in New Guinea.
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    Hi Joachim is this a seed grown or TC plant? If its seed grown, perhaps you could narrow it down to the hybrids possible in its locale data. If its TC, then perhaps ask your source if they could tell you where the material was collected to further refine your efforts at identification.

    Just a thought

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    Just from experience growing many different N. maxima from young TC plants. It takes a long time for this species to show itself. The plants need to be a large size and of fairly significant age. Size alone will not bring out the fully mature characteristics of N. maxima.

    The plant pictured does have some young N. maxima characteristics. Whether it is pure N. maxima or not is hard to say. It could be possible that it is just a different form from what is typicallly cultivated so doesn't fit all the more common characteristics. I would have to look for certain but I do believe that many of the plants we see in cultivation originate more from the Sulawesi area instead of New Guinea.

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    Hi Everyone,
    While reviewing this, Michelle immediately noticed a similarity to a plant we have in our collection- but it's hardly a maxima from New Guinea. Here's a photo of the hybrid...

    Does this look similar? Before we tell you what our hyrbid is, are there any guesses?

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    The photo above is an older trap. Here is a photo of the latest to open, still not yet fully colored and hardened. Notice the difference on the lid angles.
    We're not saying this is Joachim's plant, but Michelle thinks they look very similar - even the leaves and growth habit....

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    Looks like N. bicalcarata x maxima.

    Joachim are there little projections at the top of the peristome near the lid?? Looks like there might be on the side shot but a little unclear. Trent's hybrid certainly has them. The leaves would also fit for a N. bicalcarata hybrid.

    Tony

    Edit: Michelle has good eyes hehe



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