Nepenthes ephippiata

Photography Rod Kruger © copyright 2004

DESCRIPTION:
Nepenthes ephippiata inhabits ridge top vegetation in mossy forests, and is believed to have a fairly wide distribution throughout Borneo. Interestingly, there are no known natural hybrids of this species at present. The species is closely related to N. lowii, which has similar pitcher morphology. Pitchers grow to 15 cm high and are robust, like N. lowii. The unusual pitcher shape makes this a sought-after species, still rare in cultivation.

LOCATION
Borneo

ELEVATION: 1300-1900 meters

CULTIVATION
Treat as a typical highland species. However, this plant has a lower altitudinal distribution than N. lowii, and can tolerate warmer temperatures (similar to N. burbidgeae). Prefers sphagnum moss as potting medium. A relatively slow grower.

SCALE: 1-5 (1-easy, 5-challenging)
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