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Heliamphora glabra (S. Do Sol, Guyana)

Heliamphora glabra (S. Do Sol, Guyana)

Heliamphora glabra

A very nice species just put on specific rank very recently.

With its yellow elongated pitchers with smooth (glabrous, hence the name) interiors and bright red spoons surrounded by older red foliage, Heliamphora glabra is a sight to behold in habitat and a vibrant addition to the collection.

Originally collected by Bassett Maguire and his wife Celia from Serra do Sol (aka Wei Tepui) in the late 70s, and for many years considered a variety of heterodoxa, this taxon was raised to species status in 2006 upon reexamination of the plants in habitat. The species is wide spread at elevations of 1200-2750m across Serra do Sol, Marignma Tepui, Wei Assipu Tepui, and Mount Roraima, where it is found in dense scrub or montane forests, and less frequently in open, exposed areas. The plants appear most abundant, vigorous, and reproductive on Serra do Sol, where it is the only species present.

The pitchers are usually up to 30cm high and have a low waist (1/5th to 1/3rd up from the base where a drainage hole is present, and an upper part reminiscent in shape and angle of Heliamphora elongata. They tend to be a bit smaller in cultivation. The nectar spoon is held on a narrow neck and positioned directly above the pitcher opening and is helmet shaped with a pronounced knob-like bulge at the top.

Though the plant is variable within its range and hybridizes readily with Heliamphora nutans where the two grow together (see: Heliamphora “Nutans Giant”), it is still very distinctive and recognizable and makes a bright statement in the growth space.

(Nerz J., Wistuba & G Hoogenstrijd, 2006)

 

 

   
 
 
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Heliamphora glabra

A very nice species just put on specific rank very recently.

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