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Looking for Nepenthes robcantleyi in Mindanao.

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I think some of you will be interested by some of my latest blogging about Nepenthes robcantleyi. Here is a quote:

"Nepenthes robcantleyi is a species recently described from Mindanao in the Philippines. It is said, according to the description, to be closely related to N. veitchii and N. truncata. See the following link for more informations:

Arguably, one of the most spectacular species described recently, it has been known prior to its description and for several years under the informal name "N. black truncata", as it was first believed to be most closely related to N. truncata, another Philippine species, than to N. veitchii, a Bornean endemic. This taxon has, alas, been described from living cultivated plants grown by Borneo Exotics nursery and has not been documented in the wild by qualified botanists. It was even said to be extinct in the wild.

N. robcantleyi has been the subject of an entertaining controversy among horticultural street fighters :-) -Some think it is actually a hybrid.

I have already expressed my feeling on this matter here and there (on specialized forums) and to me, the truth dwells in the wild. Only the discovery of a new N. robcantleyi population would help to clear the matter. Well, it looks like we're on the verge to elucidate the case.

Two years ago, my good friend Andy Smith and some colleagues traveled to Mindanao where they spot at a distance, a few specimens of a very dark N. truncata growing epiphytically that could fall within N. robcantleyi:[email protected]/6581717163/in/photostream/

This year, Andy and a few friends traveled again in the same location and they try to refind those mysterious plants in order to examine them to see if they indeed represent new N. robcantleyi material. This would thus be an exceptional chance to document this poorly understood taxon.

Andy and his friends were successfull in relocating those dark plants and it seems, at first sight, seems that they indeed show N. robcantleyi. I will refer though to them here as N. cf. robcantleyi. "

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Speak soon,


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