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    I have to say definitely not. Edwardsiana has people's imaginations at the moment because it's not commercially available, but it's not the be all and end all. I can remember when species that are considered common now were the 'must haves' of the moment. There are plenty of new species around, I have a couple of friends who've come back from Sumatra, Sulawesi and Borneo in the last few years with seed of what they believe to be new species, and we're just waiting to see how the seedlings turn out. There are also plenty of areas in Indonesia and PNG that are perfect Nepenthes habitats that are completely unexplored, so new species are still out there in the views of many.

    There's some really exciting stuff around at the moment, but you'll not hear about it until it's formally described. As you know, whoever describes first gets the kudos, so those who've found new species keep it secret until it's been published, telling only a few trusted people. It can take years to get things published, so it's a timing issue.

    So, as I always say, be patient, and you'll see some cool stuff.

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    Hi guys

    Hamish wrote:
    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]There are a few edwardsiana in cultivation, although I suspect quite a few of them are more likely to be macrophylla as the seed was from Tambuyukon (edwardsiana is endemic to a small site on Trusmadi).
    I don't think edwardsiana occurs on Trus Madi at all.
    The type specimen and the image in Charlie's book are from a small spur on the side of Mt Kinabalu called Marai Parai.

    Cheers, Troy.

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    Sorry Troy, you're absolutely correct - Marai Parai it is (small part of Kinabalu, not Trusmadi), along with burbidgeae. Brain fart on my part [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img]
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    Hey Hamish

    No probs!
    I'll be up there this time next week so I'll try and get some piccies.

    Cheers, Troy.

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    I always thought, as Hamish said there are similarities between villosa,edwardsiana and macrophylla, villosa is kind of the oddball, its short fat and has fine teeth whilst macrophylla has larger teeth but "set into" its peristome and edwardsiana has more teeth, larger and very protruded from the pitcher itself. I think they are quite a disjunct group of cousins.

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    Troy,

    Seeing how you have experience there on Kinabalu, and know how things work there, what are the chances of, in the future, of a authorized collection of a few seed for tc purposes?

    Cheers,

    Joe

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    Hi Joe

    Sadly I'm afraid the chances are zilch, as far as I am aware.
    They are VERY protective of Marai Parai, it is closed to the public and getting a permit to go up there is difficult. We have asked about collecting seed and been denied and I wouldn't dare try and sneak some as it would kill any future chances of going up there again.

    I will, of course, be asking again when we are actually there, but definitely no promises.

    Cheers, Troy.

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    Whom are "they" and couldn't they simply fetch you a seed pod? I don't think thats asking too much personally...1 pod off a plant that not many of the native people could care about. I understand the park personel are probably sticklers though.

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