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Heliamphora heterodoxa (Gran Sabana)

Heliamphora heterodoxa

Heliamophora heterodoxa (Gran Sabana)

One of the easiest species to grow, and a staple in many collections. Great for beginners!

Though the type specimen was collected from Ptari Tepui at an altitude of 2000-2200m, the plant is much more common and wide spread in the area of the Gran Sabana between Sierra de Lema and Cerro Venamo which lie to the east of Ptari. There, it is found as low as 1200m in marshy areas where it often grows with Stegolepis, Xyris, Drosera, and other plants typical of the region. Because the species is so wide spread it can be quite variable, which contributes to its adaptability. In nature, H. heterodoxa forms hummock like clumps up to 120cm wide, and similarly it tends to divide very readily in cultivation.

Pitchers are up to 25cm tall, a pleasant light green color, and have a large helmet shaped spoon that is dark red. The red colored rim of the leaves gives the plant a nice outline. V shaped slit is present at the front as is a drainage hole in the mid-section.

When most growers think of Heliamphora, the look of H. heterodoxa is often what comes to mind and for good reason- this classic species is fast growing, vigorously clumping, and temperature tolerant.

(Steyermark, J., 1951)

Cultivation

Heliamphora heterodoxa (Gran Sabana)

As most Heliamphoras this species needs lots of light, cool nights and does not like permanent misting. The plants can be grown in various peaty mixes, however many growers prefer pure living Shagnum-moss. In recent times dead Sphagnum of very high quality from Chile and New-Zealand became widely available. A mix of such moss with horticultural-grade Perlite, a bit of good quality peat-moss and pinebark-choppings makes an excellent mix. However, when using Sphagnum-moss, it’s important to allow for a good drainage as otherwise, Sphagnum has the tendency to rot quickly. Please note, that all Heliamphoras require good illumination. They can, however easily be grown indoors under fluorescent tubes as long as they are close to the lights and temparature requirements can be met. Many growers in fact prefer to grow them in terrariums under fluorescent tubes from cultivatiing Heliamphora in the greenhouse.


 

 

   
 
 
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