Nepenthes truncata

   

Description

The highland form of Nepenthes truncata has been found only in the most remote areas of the large Phillippine island of Mindanao, where it grows alongside a unusual and giant form of highland Nepenthes alata. It inhabits steep moss-covered banks and cliff faces at altitudes of approximately 1,700m (6,000 feet). This form of Nepenthes truncata differs from the common lowland form in several respects. Most strikingly, the entire plant is covered with short stiff hairs, almost like bristles. Also, the coloration of the pitchers varies enormously, from various shades of orange and red through to dark purple and even black (see photographs on this page).

To the best of our knowledge an all-green form is unknown. Finally, the size of the pitchers can exceed that of even lowland Nepenthes truncata, making it one of the largest pitchering of all Nepenthes species, rivaling Nepenthes rajah and Nepenthes merrilliana. Some of the photographs on this page speak for themselves.

 

Cultivation

This species is really quite easy to cultivate if treated as a typical highlander. No extreme conditions are required other than high light levels since in it's natural habitat it is exposed to full sun. We grow it in temperatures ranging from 12 deg. C at night to 25 deg. C during the day, although it may well tolerate temperatures outside that range. With sufficient light levels, a pitcher-height to leaf-length ratio of greater than 1:1 may be achieved, as can be seen on some of the photographs on this page.

 

 
       

We have only ever observed one plant of the amazing 'black' coloration in the wild, and since we absolutely never remove plants from their natural habitat, as far as we know, it still remains on the top of the cliff where we originally found it although the entire area has since been deforested. The habitat photographs on this page were taken 11 years ago when the plant was not yet mature, being only about 1.5m (4 feet) in diameter. We sometimes wonder what it would look like today!However, this amazing form of Nepenthes truncata is being introduced to cultivation for the very first time and is now believed to be extinct in the wild due to deforestation. There are only 7 mature plants in cultivition,all raised from seed but we have succeeded in breeding this wonderful plant and are currently raising many thousands of seedlings which will be available through our network of distributors in late 2009.

 

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