A mystery Nepenthes #4: Epilogue

Pitcher #1, Nepenthes truncata x (spectabilis x northiana)

Pitcher #1, Nepenthes truncata x (spectabilis x northiana)

The no-longer-a-mystery plant — now officially known as Nepenthes truncata x (spectabilis x northiana) — is now in a 200mm pot.

Pitcher #2, Nepenthes truncata x (spectabilis x northiana)

Pitcher #2, Nepenthes truncata x (spectabilis x northiana)

Three pitchers are now open. The first and second are the largest and have to be supported or their weight will put too much stress on the plant, which may explain the high mortality rate its gifter warned me about.

The two heaviest pitchers are individually supported.

The two heaviest pitchers are individually supported.

The stakes are about 115cm; the central one is for the vine and the other three form the frame on which the pitcher-bearing leaves are supported.

The following arrangement allows the pot to be put in a watering tray 3 to 5 cm deep:

The base of the pot contains a layer of geotextile fabric to prevent the media from washing out via the large drainage holes. On top of that goes a layer of scoria to provide good drainage and weight, and then the pot is filled with a mixture of coco-chip and coco-peat. This media is soaked and rinsed many times to remove salt before it can be used or it will kill the plant.

The root ball of the plant is kept above the halfway-mark of the pot to prevent waterlogging of the roots, which is detrimental to plant health.

Much of the plant is noticeably hairy: young leaves, the undersides of older leaves, tendrils, the entire pitcher (apart from the peristome).

Nepenthes truncata x (spectabilis x northiana)

Nepenthes truncata x (spectabilis x northiana)

Pitcher 1’s lid is now about 75° to the horizontal and is much flatter. The peristome has darkened considerably.

Pitcher #1, rear view, Nepenthes truncata x (spectabilis x northiana)

Pitcher #1, rear view, Nepenthes truncata x (spectabilis x northiana)

Pitcher #2, Nepenthes truncata x (spectabilis x northiana)

Pitcher #2, Nepenthes truncata x (spectabilis x northiana)

Pitcher #2, Nepenthes truncata x (spectabilis x northiana)

Pitcher #2, Nepenthes truncata x (spectabilis x northiana)

Pitcher #2, Nepenthes truncata x (spectabilis x northiana)

Pitcher #2, Nepenthes truncata x (spectabilis x northiana)

Pitcher #2, Nepenthes truncata x (spectabilis x northiana)

Pitcher #2, Nepenthes truncata x (spectabilis x northiana)

Pitcher #2, Nepenthes truncata x (spectabilis x northiana)

Pitcher #2, Nepenthes truncata x (spectabilis x northiana)

These pitchers are either intermediates or uppers, I think. It’ll be interesting to see if any basal shoots will form.


Mystery Nepenthes series
A mystery Nepenthes
A mystery Nepenthes #2: Opening day
A mystery Nepenthes #3: Finale
A mystery Nepenthes #4: Epilogue



Date: 07 May 2017
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens 1: Pentax smc PENTAX-DA 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 ED SDM
Ambient light only.
Conditions: Bright, cloudless, early evening.
Hand-held only.
Cropping and resizing in Irfanview.
All excursions are self-funded.

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