Well, i would like to share some informations - pictures and comments - about this nice species. This will be helpful for the happy fews who will end up with some seeds.
It's a shame Indochina Nepenthes are ignored by most of the taxonomists and i hope by posting such pictures, interest will raise among growers, hobbyists and why not ...taxonomists?
Cambodia is a wounded country as, i hope, most of you know. The kingdom is filled with landmines and this was my sole anxiety. I had to talk MUCH with locals and authorities before wandering in some areas.
Fortunately, i speak the language.
After visiting many places ( i missed the most interesting, though), i stumbled across an interesting location at 900-1100 m).
Here is the road. This is a national park and i was surrounded by jungle (where tigers and pythons live ).
Day temperature are warm (20-22°C) . After my journey in lowland Phnom Penh, it was a relief! The humidity level was very high. The open habitat mostly include ferns, bushes, sandy bogs and large flat stones.
After a few hours of trekking amond the Dicranopteris linearis -the resam fern-, my joy was immense to find my first highland / intermediate Nepenthes. I thought it was Nepenthes smilesii but it is definitely not.
No, it is not a machette in my bag .
Here are some pictures of the aerial pitchers:
For those who like taxonomy (like me ), you will find in the following pictures some details of the pitchers:
- under the lid. A very colorful spot with lots of glands, mainly located in the center:
Ants love this orange place. I found plenty of them in the digestive fluid. They seem to be the main preys of those pitcher plants.
I managed to find some racemes:
and some seed pods (you already know that ):
Edited by Sockhom, 17 June 2009 - 13:51 PM.