These plants were acquired as rooted cuttings in summer 2017.
The pitchers on both appear to be uppers; with any luck there’ll be basal shoots in year 2.
The first clone seems slower-growing than the second but has better colour: the side of the larger pitcher which faces the sun is a bright rosy pink.
The damage at the tip of the plant is caused by a caterpillar that ties silk around a developing leaf — preventing it from opening — and then lives and eats in this space. The plant recovers quickly once the infestation is dealt with.
An internet search reveals that Nepenthes ‘Nakaccho’ (alternatively spelled ‘Nakacho’) is N. alata (Hyotan) x N. khasiana, bred by Issei & Nasuko Okuyama (Isseien Nursery, Hachijo, Japan), June 1985.
This pitcher, with its bulbous end full of fluid, tipped over and emptied itself when the plant was moved from its usual spot for the photo session. A dead stinkbug was its largest occupant.
When these uppers are very young they are almost entirely green except for a few narrow red bands unevenly distributed around the peristome. The definition becomes blurred as the pitchers age.
Nepenthes khasiana is the only Nepenthes species found in India and grows at altitudes of 500m to 1500m. It is assessed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List (2015).
Nepenthes alata hails from the Philippines and grows at altitudes of 800m – 2400m.
Date: 18 June 2017
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens 1: Sigma 50mm 1:2.8 DG Macro
Ambient light only.
Conditions: Overcast with clear spots, late afternoon.
Cropping and resizing in Irfanview.
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