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nepenthes gracilis

Nepenthes Specialist
Wooo hooo! Check out these guys!

Pictures taken from Tony's greenhouse. Yes I asked him if it was ok to post these.


N.clipeata (male) in spike and Tony.


Large N. clipeata pitcher.


N.clipeata red variety


Tony's N.hamata


Maybe an N. hamata intermediate pitcher? Notice the outward curving peristome claws.


Some H. heterodoxa's.


N. mira


3 year old N. spectabilis 'gunhang bandahara' 9sp?)


Tony's entire greenhouse.


N.truncata 'highland'


Large typical N. truncata pitcher.
Wow, great pics, and great collection Tony
A question tony

What do you do with all the really big plants that you have there? Are they part of your private collection, or do you actually sell them?

EDIT: I forgot to ask this too: How long have you had some of the larger plants that you have?  

BTW: Great place you have there!
If you ever plan to move to somewhere warmer, I'll help you pack!!
Nep G thanks for sharing these awesome photos. Tony, your plants look great, very clean and well done. I can't imagine what such a scale operation must be like, and then to have such success! That N. hamata is the finest specimen I have ever seen, just stunning. It actually makes my hands sweat looking at it, and this hasn't happened since I saw the diamond necklaces at the Smithsonian! Congratulations, and thanks again for the visual experience.
Gracilis - Woo Hoo indeed!  Absolutely awesome!
 Thanks for posting these.  What incredibly healthy looking plants,  and that dangerous looking N. hamata, it's a wonder you dare put your hand so close to it!  Let's hope it's a female so that one day you can cross it with your N. clipeata!

Tony, I see two big fans and what appears to be a ceiling fan too.  Are they to do with maintaining even temperatures or do you find that some plants simply grow better if the air isn't stagnant?

And hey, there's label saying "Par O Bek Orchids, but not a lot of orchids to be seen!  Do you just grow a few orchids as 'companion plants' for your Neps?
You know what's funny.. first thing that comes to mind when I see the pics..

Holy smokes I need some Rogaine!

Joel yes I sometimes sell larger plants.. They don't turn up on the pricelist often because of very limited availability. Many of my larger plants were grown from small TC seedlings when I was growing them as a hobby, and are part of what you call my collection. Some were purchased as mature plants and cuttings.

Tamlin.. N. hamata will do that to you. Yep you got the fever hehe

Rob.. The ceiling fan was off and runs mostly during the Spring, Summer, Fall. It only provides minor air movement. The two red fans are exhaust fans. In opposite corners of the greenhouse (one is visible on the right side) are two fans for keeping air moving in a circular motion. And there is a heater located at each end which blows toward the center. Air movement is usually fairly brisk around the clock. I would be interested to hear what kind of air movement your plants get. Do you find some do better in a more stagnant environment? This is something I have not really experimented much with yet.

As for the name.. I didn't have the heart to change it after 20 years of orchid growing. I still have some but they are mostly for fun now.
WoW! Oh Man! those are awesomes!
Dustin! you have learn to take very nice pics!
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Air movement may be something worth experimenting with.  To answer your question, there's a certain amount of natural air movement through our nurseries, but not a great deal since we have to limit it in the dry season by putting up polythene screeening.  In the wild some lowland Neps live happily in very stagnant conditions (N. ampullaria, N. bicalcarata, those sorts of things) whilst many of the highlanders are windswept.  A visiting commercial orchid grower suggested using a fan on some of the more difficult highland species, N. argentii in particular.  Sounds ridiculous I know, but may be worth a try.  Then again, N. lowii grows OK for us, and Mt. Trus Madi can get pretty breezy at times.

Isn't N. hamata incredible?  It's one of my favourites, but then again as you once write Tony, they're all my favourites.  Thing about N. hamata though is that it grows so quickly for a highlander which is nice but results in soft pitchers. However, they sure look "hard"!  
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n.g. your new digital camera seems to work nicely! Hope you were allowed to take some of Tony's plants home...

The greenhouse looks great and especially all plants seem to be grown very hardy - like I do like them
From the pictures I would guess, Tony grows them in alphabetical order - the N. mira pitcher seems to sit in a N. macfarlanei pot...


P.S.: The red N. clipeata pitcher does not look correct to me. The shape of the peristome and also the pitcher lid do look like there is a wrong plant in its family tree.
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Fantastic! I get to see Tonys Greenhouse without leaving MN!  

Do you grow both lowlands and highlands in one GH? How do you regulate the drastic night temp differences for each "type" or at the small stage doesn't it matter as much and intermediate works?

Real men don't use Rogaine! j/k

Seriously, I'm one of the "few" for whom it doesn't work for, unless I feel like throwing $30 out the window every few months. I used the junk for a year and quit right before they started their "money back guarentee".
The worst part is when I was a kid I was shaving off my hair in funny ways: mohawks, finns, charges, etc. I wanted to be bald(at least in spots), then 10 years later...
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OK.  I'm baffled.  What on earth is "Rogaine"?

Joachim, what do you think of Tony's other N. clipeata, the one shown in the second photograph, do you think it's true to form?
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A very wonderful greenhouse and fabulous plants! Thank you for sharing.
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"Rogaine" is a male hair stimulant that is supposed to help gow hair back. I pretty much embrace my baldness and shave my head with electric shears.
I was wondering about the red clipeata too. My first thought was it looked like a cross with N. eustaycha, but you would think it would have to be another Borneo plant. Maybe a red reinwardtiana?


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Ah, so that's what "Rogaine" is for - I thought it was some new insecticide.  Tony doesn't have a problem in the hair department in MHO.  It's merely migrated downwards  

As for that red N. clipeata, I wonder where it came from.  If it's a hybrid, then there's probably not much around Mt Kelam that could produce such a hybrid naturally.  I can see what you mean about the N. eustachya characteristics though.  N. reinwardtiana is unlikely to be within viable distance.  I would guess at human intervention in that one.
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The reddish N. clipeata is related to the Clip-1 plants. They came with the same batch of plants and are from the same source. Two of the plants I have look like this while the majority look like the big plants. I suspect that the original cell cultures contained more than one clone. Suffice it to say there is alot of controversy over Clip-1.

Yes Joachim they are grown hard. It is funny that newly acquired plants often get smaller in my greenhouse for a while. While at the same time pitchers are getting larger!

Yes Swords the highlands and lowlands are all thrown together right now.. and it is more of an intermediate setup although I do cater more to the highlands. The lowland plants are not very fond of me during the winter months.

Thanks for your input on air movement Rob. Something to think about when I put up a new greenhouse and split up the lowland and highland plants.

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it is a bit difficult to make a judgement on the N. clipeata from this picture alone. The lower half of the pitcher in the foreground seems not to match the globose shape one would expect from a N. clipeata. Also the leaf base and the petiole of the newest leaf before the flower stalk does not look like N. clipeata from this angle. The colour of the petiole is not as red as one would expect from a plant grown under good conditions. (Of course I know, colours are normally not used to identify plants.)

More details from different parts of the plant would definitely help in identifying it. From first sight I would vote against a pure N. clipeata - it does look more like a complex hybrid to me.

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Nice pics, Dustin!!!




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So did you get anything from Tony, Nep G?