Nepenthes ID query, (with very poor pic)

Liatris(FraserCoast,Qld)July 1, 2006

I'm hoping someone might be able to help me correctly id this nepenthes please?

I bought it a couple of months ago labelled as Ventricosa X Maxima, however any pics I can find on the web suggest it should be rather heavily red-spotted.

I am ashamed to admit that I have kept it in somewhat less than perfect conditions, and the pitchers have deteriorated considerably, leaving me with the pathetic-looking things you see in the pic. The pitchers are simply green, and about 3 inches in length.

I am unsure what other info I would need to provide, apart from mentioning that it has a climbing habit and very vigorously twining tendrils.

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FlytrpL8E(z8b CA)

Hey there Liatris,
A picture of the leaf shape and the entire plant would help immensely.
Thanx for listening and keep 'em plants growin'
Lois

    Bookmark   July 2, 2006 at 2:23AM
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Liatris(FraserCoast,Qld)

Okay, thanks Lois.

I hope this one will be of more help.

It's a bit difficult to photograph the whole plant - it has a couple of stems about 8 feet long.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2006 at 2:36AM
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lleopardggecko(9)

Wow, you have a nice plant there! And it's flowering!

If you don't mind me asking, where did you buy such a big Nepenthes?

As for the I.D., I'm not quite sure. I'd really have to see a picture of a fully formed, healthy pitcher to be sure.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2006 at 10:33PM
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Liatris(FraserCoast,Qld)

>If you don't mind me asking, where did you buy such a big Nepenthes?

Backyard grower who was selling their plant collection.

I guess you don't really want me to tell you about the really big Truncata I got for $8 at the time? lol

    Bookmark   July 3, 2006 at 12:16AM
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corymbosa(Vic,Oz)

Pam,
I wouldn't be inclined to doubt the label. The spotting you're expecting comes from the lower pitchers of the maxima parent. The upper pitchers of maxima lack the heavy spotting of the lower pitchers. Check the following sites for photo's of the upper and lower pitchers of maxima.
http://www.viridis.net/cp/nepenthes.html
http://www.cpjungle.com/nucmax.htm
Andrew

    Bookmark   July 3, 2006 at 3:24AM
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Liatris(FraserCoast,Qld)

Andrew, many thanks - those pages were very informative, and give me the impression that I am keeping my plants too dry, which would explain why I lost the few I had a couple of years ago.

Pam

    Bookmark   July 3, 2006 at 4:21AM
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petiolaris(Neutral)

Out of curiosity, is the Fraser Coast also the same as Fraser Island, where I have a clump of D. spatulata 'Fraser Island'? Is that the same as 'Lovelae'?

    Bookmark   July 3, 2006 at 12:48PM
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Liatris(FraserCoast,Qld)

petiolaris, it would indeed be the same Fraser Coast, except it's not the island itself, rather a stretch of coast adjacent to it, roughly centred around Hervey Bay.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2006 at 3:57PM
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petiolaris(Neutral)

Aside from the many not so friendly critters in Australia, I just love the saltwater fish and invertebrates and pigmy sundews and Byblis plants and Petiolaris Complex sundews and....

    Bookmark   July 3, 2006 at 7:32PM
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corymbosa(Vic,Oz)

Pam,
One of those sites recommends watering the plants by sitting them in a tray of water. I'd be inclined to avoid this as Nepenthes generally do better in a drained mix. However, they do perform best with a regular supply of water.

Petiolaris,
'ssp/var lovellae' is the Fraser Island form. I don't think the name is considered valid anymore so D.spatulata 'Fraser Island' is the more appropriate label.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2006 at 8:18PM
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nepenthes_ceasar

n.xhookeriana maybe. without a healthy pitcher, it will be hard to tell.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2007 at 1:56PM
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breeindy(Australia)

gracilis?

    Bookmark   December 19, 2007 at 5:05PM
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