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Nepenthes Distilloria - Sinharaja Rain Forest, Sri Lanka

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Hi,

I have just returned from my delayed honeymoon in Sri Lanka. During the visit we went to the Sinharaja rain forest to go and see the endemic Nepenthes specie in Sri Lanka; Nepenthes Distolloria?.

They were easy to find, but what more suprised me was the many appearances in shape / colour of these pitchers.

I saw long vines of this plan 10-15m long, the stalks were red/green, some had long leaves and long tendrils, some had long tendrils and very long leaves.

Anyway I wanted to post the pictures I took of the different plants I saw. Don't suppose there is a new specie anywhere here ; ) There was one where it was growing up a tree and the pictures were very tall and elongated with red lids.

Anyway take a look....

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Any oberservations :)

Thanks

James

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Nice pics of a rarely seen species, thanks.

Jeff, did you mean N. gracilis?

James, where abouts in Hampshire are you?

Cheers

Andy

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Fantastic! I was also just going to say.... I have never seen this species in the wild (In pics I mean :blink: ). Beautiful shots of some elegant plants.

cheers,

varun

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Hi,

To me there was clearly a red type of this plant that had red leaf stems and red pitchers and a green one. These were both growing side by side and were clearly different. The third picture to me was different again. The lids were different and the pitcher was more upright and didn't really have the bulbous bottom like the others; new specie or just the same?

I live in Bordon, Hampshire.

James

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Haha, yeah, that's what I meant. My mind's been groggy since I got the flu a couple days ago. Thanks Andy

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James, as others have already said. Thanks for showing a species not often seen in wild pic's. Very nice to see.

Regarding the variation, it is just that. You have been lucky enougth to be able to see for yourself how variable Neps can be. Most people only get to see a couple of clones that are all identical and assume that the whole species must look identical.

I wish I could see this myself in the wild, but even with cultivated seedlings I see this same variation of very red and very green siblings.

After all, just think how variable humans are - some have red hair, some have blond hair - some even have fat bottoms :blink:

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