Ptaah's Heliamphora collection

Maciej Stelmach

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I feel I'm like some kind of groupie, but I love them all !

Except for the last hybrid, so called Heliamphora sp. "Tramen", sometimes labelled H. elongata '60s, or whatever. I've come across it too many times under different names. That put me off!

As for the H. uncinata, they are very well grown. The first one is quite stocky and I got those details from MS about the second one: "near the cliff face! Falling down! The smaller gracile form". If that can be of any interest to you :).

Congratulations, those vivid colours are always a great view.

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Haha, I totally don't mind you being my groupie! :) Big thanks for the information regarding the problematic hybrid. This means I got 2 more names to it :)

While I already have the descriptions of both Schach's clones, I appreciate you posting this and trying to expand my knowledge :)

Below couple new pictures of clones which I believe appear in this gallery for the first time:


Heliamphora huberi (Amuri Tepui) - M. Schach clone

Species which I believe to be underrated by many, therefore not too popular amongst collectors. I still like it a lot, especially the clone presented here which is the best huberi clone out there in my opinion. I'm in the process of figuring out whether this and "Bonnetia forest" clone are the same thing - I'll post my thoughts and observations in coming months.

As for the coloration of this plant - I'm getting close to optimum when it comes to my personal taste - green leaves with subtle veining. I'll probably try with a bit stronger light to make more pointing downwards and bigger lids.



Heliamphora ionasi "Striped"

Ok, I've seen them all - "Striped", "Red Striped", "Heavily Red Striped". What other names will people come up with to these ionasi? "Ultra Heavily Red Striped"? Or perhaps also add an epithet "Giant" to it? It's so trendy these days to call everything "Giant". Not sure if all mentioned names refer to the very same clone but the one I have is a very solid ionasi and surely amongst the best. Under my current light conditions whole plant has orange hue with red veining - the way I like it best.




Heliamphora parva "Extremely Hairy" (Cerro Neblina)

Each leaf has slightly different length and density of outer hair and the younger ones presented on both pictures are less pubescent than the older. I'm yet to figure out if light intensity plays any part in this matter.




Heliamphora spec. nov. Akopan (Akopan Tepui)

This guy has been sitting in the corner of a terrarium behind other big fellows, barely seen by me for months. Recent rearrangements made me remove plant for the time being and the image I saw was very unpleasant. Too bloody red! Definitely not a sight to be seen in situ where this "species" grows in shaded areas mostly. This way spec. nov. Akopan found a new home and grows side by side with H. huberi under moderate light.




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This time there will be few more plants that are appearing here for the first time.


Heliamphora nutans (Kukenan Tepui)

Very flat growing form of this species - growth habit which isn't amongst my favourites :)



Heliamphora x [exappendiculata x ionasi] - M. Stelmach clone 3

Very nice hybrid and my first clone to reach maturity. I'm curious how big it will get.



Heliamphora exappendiculata (Amuri Tepui)

Typical form of exappendiculata from Amuri with atypical coloration :) You're getting some shade soon Exie, no worries! :)



Heliamphora "Clash of the Titans"

The hybrid which is supposed to be quite famous but I find it pretty unpopular. The parents are H. ionasi "Killer Giant 1" and H. tatei. It's not very big plant at the moment but I'm expecting a monster.



Heliamphora elongata "Bubble Lid" (Karaurin Tepui)

Today's highlight I believe and surely one of my favourite helis already. While I like them slender and compact, this species matches these preferences, but only in certain conditions - when it's freezing cold and windy on Tepui. Otherwise leaves are growing more freely and have slightly different shape. That means H. elongata is heterophyllous - the only Heliamphora species that does such thing :)



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I think you've asked me already this question :) For couple years now I've been using custom made LED panels made of full spectrum power LEDs. But it's pretty much all about proper power of a panel. If it's strong enough - plants are coloring well. For me it's about 300W / square meter. You can achieve very same results using good old T5 tubes - it just requires some testing how many tubes are required for one's setup. My friend uses Sylvania Grolux and gets awesome coloration as well.

Below are few recent pictures. I'll start with the one posted on my Facebook - unfortunately I forgot to share it here, on forums, before the Christmas Eve. But the greetings concerning New Year still apply, so Happy New Year Everyone! :)



Heliamphora uncinata (Amuri Tepui) - M. Stelmach clone

This plant is already few years old and measures over 10cm in height. I hope it'll get to some decent size in the future as this attribute and its' unique nectar spoon would make a great plant.



Heliamphora spec. Venamo (Cerro Venamo)

I've been growing this plant for couple years already but it always stays quite small. Some people name this particular clone as H. collina, but I feel it has to be some other, undescribed yet, species.



Heliamphora pulchella (Akopan Tepui) - A. Wistuba clone

This clone has quite narrow pitchers which reminds me of one H. huberi (Amuri) clone presented couple posts back.



Heliamphora huberi (Akopan Tepui) - M. Schach clone

Nice clone with a "classic" look, coloring really well under provided conditions.



Heliamphora exappendiculata "Red" (Aprada Tepui)

This clone gets the strongest coloration of all my H. exappendiculata, but doesn't grow as fast and doesn't clump as readily as the others.


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Hello everyone after my very long absence! Since there are couple days of holidays in Poland I've decided to devote a little bit of free time and take some pictures.


Heliamphora pulchella "Very large & very hairy" (Amuri Tepui)

While still quite young and small, this plant starts showing some nice pulchella characteristics. Doesn't look very well at the moment but I believe it'll get there with time.



Heliamphora huberi (Angasima Tepui)

Very nice and elegant clone of H. huberi. Refused to grow for me for a year or so but tough times are finally over with the appearance of new nice growth.




Heliamphora "Flamingo"

Ok, there's no need to talk much about this abominable plant. Picture says it all :)




Heliamphora exappendiculata "Giant bubble" (Aprada Tepui)

There's always a good time to show fresh pictures of The Monster. A bit boring, maybe, but I simply adore this plant!



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This time I'll be presenting plants originating from Cerro Neblina. Some of them appeared earlier already but I feel that the update is needed.


Heliamphora parva (Cerro Neblina)

This is Wistuba's clone. I have no further data on it. It's amongst the most solid parva clones in my collection in terms of growth speed. Note the highly variable nectar spoon sizes on each leaves. Newest leaf has the biggest spoon.




Heliamphora ceracea (Cerro Neblina)

I simply love this species as it's so unusual and pretty in its' simplicity. My plant has exceeded 20cm in height and stays this way for the time being.




Heliamphora x [ceracea x hispida]

Its' newest leaf has much wider opening than the previous ones. I feel that this plant has much bigger potential to reveal in the future.


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I would like to introduce you to a great plant - probably one of the best H. minor var. minor clones out there. I love its' colour, the lid, and most of all - extremely short inner hair giving plant the appearance as if it was created of some delicate and exclusive cloth. The name "Velvet" feels about right here :) I'm sure my plant has still much potential to reveal.


Heliamphora minor var. minor "Velvet" (Cerro la Luna)



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In next couple comments I'll add pictures from late 2018 and 2019 which were posted on Facebook but not here - shame on me! :)


Heliamphora elongata "Flat lid" (Karaurin Tepui) M. Schach clone

Not showing her true potential yet (not that this is a heterophyllous species) but the golden hue inside of the pitchers is the thing that always draws my attention.





Heliamphora nutans "Giant clone" (Roraimita) A. Wistuba clone

Very nice and robust grower but it clearly bears some H. glabra introgression which can be seen by the lid shape and glabrous inner surface of the pitchers.





Heliamphora spec. Yuruani Tepui B

Quite a mysterious clone / species / hybrid which looks like H. nutans but the H. nutans we know from Yuruani Tepui are completely different plants - much shorter and stouter. Unfortunately I have no further data on this clone. Does it really come from Yuruani?



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