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Dear all,

For those who are interested, I've uploaded a small selection of my own photographs from the recent Redfern expedition to Palawan and Borneo to Facebook; you shouldn't need to be a FB friend or member to view the images.

You can view the album here.

Whilst fairly difficult owing to the number of peaks attempted in the time available, the expedition was a great success and members were able to view all the species they had hoped to see, along with a few bonuses that included Nepenthes we had not planned on encountering, some new orchid taxa and two species of Rafflesia.

With respect, I will not add people I do not know as friends on Facebook, so please do not take it personally if I do not acknowledge a random request; I use the service for friends and family only.

Please let me know should you encounter any problems viewing the album.

Best wishes,

Alastair.

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Amazing plants, amazing photos, amazing trip! I was visiting Palawan one year ago but didn't have time to explore it enough to find any Nepenthes... But hope to come back and admire all of these! Thank you for sharing :)

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Gorgeous photos Alastair :Laie_98: , apparently this expedition to Palawan & Borneo was quite fruitful :woot: , since you were discovering new species of plants.

Thank you so much for sharing the pictures in CPUK :tu: .

Best regards,

Rodrigo

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Thanks for capturing these highlights of the trip, Alastair. I think you've just started a dozen new savings accounts for the members of this forum.

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Unbelievable scenery and fantastic photos of all the plants, thanks very much for sharing these with us Alastair.

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Is that "Snapperhead" John?

Lovely expedition, you probably had quite the adventure, I wish to go there one day. I especially loved the Rafflesia, as far as I know it's pretty rare. Is it? Or did you find plenty?

Nice views and breathtaking landscape, thanks for the amazing pictures!! How long was the expedition?

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Thanks all, you're very welcome; always a pleasure to share the beauty of the flora and fauna of this part of the world.

@Rodrigo, it isn't so rare that we come across new taxa, but actually being able to legally collect is something else; fortunately I was prepared for this as I'd spotted the genus back on our first climb in 2007. The genus is entirely unknown from the Philippines.

@Fernando, they really are; some of the campsites are very rocky, or worse, on slopes, making for unpleasant sleeping. Provided there are a few trees about (high probability on the equator!), you can sleep flat and dry in most any location. Even slim, ultramontane trees are strong enough to bear the occasional human between them. I use a Hennessy Ultralight Explorer, but also gather that Warbonnet Blackbirds are amazing.

@Random, I only know the two John's by their actual names - I'm not a frequent forum user. Rafflesia are found across SE Asia, but they tend to be highly localised and are severely threatened by forest clearance and collection. We found both of the most common Sabah species, but for them to be in flower at the time of visit is mere luck, since the blooms must mature for over 6 months yet last just a few days. The trip was a little under three weeks long.

Alastair.

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Many thanks for sharing theses great and interesting photos! It looks like you had some fun there.

The hybrid between N. stenophylla and N. fusca looks interesting - was it intermediate in appearence between the two parent species growing around this plant?

Of course I could stand seeing even more of those photos... ;-)

Joachim

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Joachim, the hybrid was pretty much intermediate. What was even cooler was finding perhaps the first wild N. fusca x lowii hybrid - the pitchers were very large, but alas all dried up and in rather poor condition. Perhaps we'll have better luck in December.

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