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Giant Nepenthes tour: Mt Victoria

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As promised, some of my photo's of the Nepenthes tour.

Mount Victoria

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Soon after that we have started the three days hike to the summit of Mt Victoria (1700 m asl) we stumbled on the first Nepethes phillipinensis:

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And a lower pitcher

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After crossing the river numerous times we arrived at our campsite. Here were several nice colored N. phillipinensis plants:.

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In one of the N. phillipinensis lower pitchers I found a kind of maggot (or was it a puppae?) that almost imediatly dove down in the pitcher fluid after being disturbed, Unfortunately I was not able to photograph it (I was not able to get a shot of the interior of the pitcher due to its size).

The N. philipinensis plants were frequently visited by ants:

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We spotted a few flowering orchids on our way to the summit, like this Spathoglottis

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And an, according to Alastair, not yet described terrestial orchid

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At some seapages there were a very limited number of Utricularia moniliformis flowering (unfortunately, the coloration on the photo is not completely accurate, it should be more pinkish). The shape of this Utric was somewhat variable.

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Getting higher on the mountain, the number of Nepenthes plants rapidly decreased. There were only a few of these with red foliage, none of them climbing.

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A stick insect at the second campsite:

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Close to the summit, partially hidden in between the shrubs: N. attenboroughii

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A kind of a weird slug creeping out of a pitcher

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At some more exposed sites near the summit Drosera ultramafica was growing

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And at last another stick insect, this one was walking near the summit

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Hope you enjoyed!!

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thanks John, yes I did (enjoyed!) very much...wonderful.

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Spectacular trip John! And lovely plants on your way to the summit!!

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Absolutely spectacular! Really nice habitat and plant pics! I'm very envious, thanks for sharing!

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Thanks for the post. Although all the pics are great, the N. attenboroughii with the seed-pods is just brilliant. What a wonderful perspective getting the whole plant in one pic.

Regards,

Christer

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Hi, all thanks for your nice comments.

Following some requests, a few more pictures of D. ultramafica. I found only a limited number of D. ultramafica, mainly growing at the trail.

For some reason this picture is rotated.....

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And a close up of a flower.

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