Nepenthes ‘Red Leopard’

Monday, 27 March 2017
Nepenthes 'Red Leopard' (N. ventricosa x maxima), cutting 1, smiling at its own reflection

Nepenthes ‘Red Leopard’ (N. ventricosa x maxima) cutting 1, smiling at its own reflection

This one’s a curious beast: a plant and its scions with so much variability in the pitchers — and similarities too!

Cutting 2

Nepenthes ‘Red Leopard’ (N. ventricosa x maxima) upper pitcher, cutting 2

The cuttings are actually fully established now, and between 1 and 2 years old.

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A mystery Nepenthes #3: Finale

Sunday, 26 March 2017
Mystery nepenthes

Mystery nepenthes

The pitcher is now fully mature, I think. Is it not pretty?

There is a layer of very short, fine hair on the lid.

There is a layer of very short, fine hair on the lid.

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A mystery Nepenthes #2: Opening day

Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Mystery Nepenthes

Mystery Nepenthes

Twenty-four hours ago the mystery Nepenthes was still keeping its lid resolutely shut. Did it grow a little between the first photo session and Monday’s observation? Possiblemaybeperhaps.

 

Then it popped in the night.

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A mystery Nepenthes

Saturday, 18 March 2017
mystery-nep-01

Front of pitcher

A friend gave me this Nepenthes hybrid one or two years ago, when it was much smaller. I put it under a shelf in the shadehouse — there was nowhere else to move it to — until last December, when it got a repot (sphagnum moss peat and perlite) and a brighter growing area. There were no pitchers at the time.

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