Nepenthes macrophylla

Nepenthes macrophylla, one of the most striking of all the highland species. You wouldn’t know it from my specimen, of course; it is still just a toddler 😉

Nepenthes macrophylla

Nepenthes macrophylla

A bit of a description of the species and its habitat, from Wikipedia:

Nepenthes macrophylla is known with certainty only from the summit area of Mount Trus Madi in Sabah, Borneo, despite the presence of a number of nearby peaks (such as Mount Pinesowitan) that fall within its altitudinal range.[4] However, there are unconfirmed reports that it also grows “on the summit of a neighbouring peak”.[10] Older sources list a number of different values for the altitudinal distribution of N. macrophylla, with some giving a narrow range of 2200–2400 m[4] and others a much wider span of 2000–2600 m.[1][11] It is now known that this species occurs between 2200 m and the summit at 2642 m.[10][12]

The typical habitat of N. macrophylla is mossy montane forest along ridge tops, where the vegetation is dominated by Leptospermum and Rhododendron.[13] Like most highland Nepenthes species, N. macrophylla experiences marked temperature fluctuations between day and night, from a noon maximum of around 30 °C to a nighttime minimum of 5 °C.[6] Relative humidity is always high and in the late evening the summit of Mount Trus Madi is often shrouded in mist and clouds.[6]

Nepenthes macrophylla occurs both terrestrially and as an epiphyte.[4] The species is sympatric with N. lowii and N. tentaculata.[6] A natural hybrid between N. lowii and N. macrophylla, described as N. × trusmadiensis, has been recorded.[3]
Please see the full Wikipedia entry here, for more details and some great photos.

 

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One response to “Nepenthes macrophylla

  1. Stunning Paul! I have Nepenthes envy! This is so cool – mos’ def one I’d love to add to the collection once I get the Nep house up and running! 🙂

    Great work! Looking forward to seeing more updates of this plant!

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