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Stefan S.

Nepenthes gracilis in Singapore

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Hi!

Last summer I spent a few days in Singapore. Thanks to Andy Smith's instruction I was able to find Nepenthes gracilis at the verge of the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is a reserve located in the middle of Singapore. Being a mountain of 163 meters, Bukit Timak marks the highest elevation of Singapore.

Now some pictures:

Nepenthes gracilis entwining the drooping branches of a tree:

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A few closer shots fo the pitchers:

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Minosa pudica growing all over the adjacent meadow:

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I hope you like the pictures!

Many thanks again to Andy Smith for giving me the directions to this habitat (and sorry that it took me so long to post the pictures).

Regards,

Stefan

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Very nice! That species grows like a weed there. It's interesting that you found them on a path whereas I found them mostly on the perimeters of a reservoir.

Thanks for sharing.

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Its amazing how big the gracilis looks, i mean the leaves and stem etc. The ones i've grown at home look miniature in comparison! Great photos!

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Hi Stefan

Great pictures, and I'm glad you found the locality. I think the plant looks a little healthier than when I saw it in 2007. It is a shame that you didn't get to see the N. ampullaria and N. rafflesiana that grow at the base of this tree. (You have to crawl into the thick bushes on all fours to find them), although I think that maybe some of the vines in the tree may have been these species.

Cheers, and I like your avatar picture.

Andy

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Hi Andy!

I did actually find a Nepenthes rafflesiana growing right next to this tree. But unfortunately the plant looked rather unhealty and I didn't find any pitchers.

As I didn't know what animals might lurk in them, I didn't dare to crawl into the shrubs. This was actually my first journey to Asia and I thought I'd better be careful (as going into the woods there might not be as safe as here at home).

Regards,

Stefan

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