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Thread: Mystery nep! id please!

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    I just bought this beauty at the Taipei Flower Market today.

    The vendor didn't even know whether it's a high- or lowlander, let alone species or hybrid.
    His only comment was "it might either have been poached in the wild or imported from Japan". Great. The latter might explain the price (~US$30), the former its weird condition (just a naked long vine with five leaves and two rather large pitchers. It also has quite long roots.

    So....any ideas? The whole plant is about a foot tall. The extremely long tendrils are weird. If it's a hybrid, what could possibly its parentage?





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    Hi Hans:

    it may possibly be a N. Viking C grade?


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    Don't think it's a viking. Looks like one of those 'thorelii'-like plants.

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    The plant looks very N. sibuyanensis like.. could be a hybrid from AU via Japan?

    Too bad you can't confirm if it was imported or not.

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    Yea, that looks a lot like a sibuyanensis hybrid. Maybe even a dif clone of belli x sibuyanensis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (lol @ Sep. 17 2005,2:34)]Maybe even a dif clone of belli x sibuyanensis?
    The plant is way too big not to mention way too old with that long stem with no leaves, since N. bellii x sibuyanensis is a fairly new release. It would probably have to be something released a couple years ago roughly.

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    Hi guys,

    thanks for all your thoughts!

    So far I've been able to gather the following info:

    1. It's not a bellii x sib (I have one of those "medusas", and it looks nothing like this)

    2. A fellow at the Taiwanese CP forum said it might be a n. merilliana clone from Japan: http://192.192.42.4/~tbgweb....&show=0
    He judged it not only from the plant itself, but also from the planting style (tall, floppy, black plastic cup), which is typical for Japanese nep shipments.

    Merilliana? Does that sound feasible?

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    Ladies and germs,

    I asked Marcello Catalano of www.nepenthesofthailand.com, and here's his verdict:

    That's definitely a
    merrilliana or a hybrid with merrilliana. What makes
    me think about the hybrid is the reddish color
    (merrilliana is usually not so vivid red but more like
    brownish) and the elongate shape (merrilliana is more
    roundish) but still it could be just one of the many
    forms of merrilliana...


    Woohoo! I'm gonna be up all night checking the merrilliana hybrids on Bob Z's PhotoFinder....

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