A mystery Nepenthes

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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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Today it’s a top-heavy monster with a single leathery pitcher I expect will open in a day or two.

The pitcher is 21cm long (excluding the hair thing on the top) and 5cm wide.

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Rear of pitcher

There are two developing pitchers on the plant. When they have some size on them the plant will need additional support and possibly a bigger pot with a heavy base.

I’m really not fond of hanging pots, so the replacement will likely be a 160mm or 175mm pot with perhaps two support stakes instead of one. The current one is a 140mm.

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Whole plant

It’s clearly a hybrid involving N. maxima, but aside from that I’ve no idea. Well-considered suggestions welcome. 🙂


Mystery Nepenthes series
A mystery Nepenthes
A mystery Nepenthes #2: Opening day
A mystery Nepenthes #3: Finale


Update: 29 March 2017
Geoff Mansell of Exotica Plants has positively identified the plant as Nepenthes truncata x (spectabilis x northiana).

Geoff and Andrea Mansell specialise in the creation of beautiful, large and vigorous Nepenthes hybrids. This spectacular clone most probably originated from the EP nursery.


Date: 18 March 2017
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens 1: Pentax smc PENTAX-DA 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 ED SDM
Ambient light only.
Conditions: Heavy overcast.
Hand-held only.
Cropping and resizing in Irfanview.
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2 Responses to A mystery Nepenthes

  1. June Wong says:

    Wow nice giant. Can’t wait to see it for myself!

  2. Absolutely. 🙂 And did you see the final post?

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