Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Nepenthes talangensis and sibuyanensis

I had moved all of my highland Nepenthes species outside for the spring, and so far so good. They're all on a crazy looking bright blue shelving unit with a little overhead sunlight protection and west facing light. You can kind of see the blue shelf. You can laugh at it, it's pretty ridiculous, but it was free. I didn't really take the time they needed to acclimate them to that much sun, so I have a few burnt leaves. I was too busy, but didn't want them to miss the perfect weather we've been having for highland species lately. Nepenthes are much hardier than they look and much hardier than the internet tells people they are.

N. talangensis is a cute little highland species, endemic to Mount Talang, in Sumatra. It stays fairly small and grows pretty well for me. It does slow down growth by late summer when the nighttime temps are warmer than it likes. This is the largest pitcher it's made for me yet. Still a juvenile pitcher, but looks well on it's way to maturity.
N. talangensis
N. sibuyanensis

Nepenthes sibuyanensis is endemic to Sibuyan Island in the Philippines. It pretty much always does well here. It's a bit of a slow grower, but my conditions aren't perfect, so I won't complain. One interesting thing about this one is it will grow it's tendrils out and usually bury the tip in a neighbors potting mix. It's pitchers never hang, they always end up sitting or growing out of another Nepenthes pot. This guy gets a much darker red color in the sun, but this pitcher was under the leaves of N. spectabilis and got almost no light.


  1. Beautiful pitchers, the markings on the N. talangensis is awesome. Is it just me or do pitcher plants look a lot like the yip yip martians from Sesame street?

    1. Haha, they do look like those guys from sesame street! N. talangensis is tiny, but quite pretty to make up for it's small stature.