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Nepenthes edwardsiana (Tamb.)

N. edwardsiana - the holy grail of Nepenthes!

Nepenthes edwardsiana is the king of all nepenthes, discovered over a century ago on the slopes of Mount Kinabalu, later on to be found growing on Mount Tambuyukon as well. It grows at altitudes of 1600-2700 meters, both as a terrestrial, epiphyte, and lithophyte.

This species is truly a must have for any serious collector with little need for an introduction! Nepenthes edwardsiana is one of the largest of all species in the genus, producing pitchers up to fifty centimeters in height. It has one of the most developed peristomes out of all nepenthes, usually blood red in color while the pitchers come in various shades of yellow all the way to maroon. Pitchers are bulbous at the base, and the cylindrical body leads to the massive teeth found on the peristome.

Upper pitchers are quite similar to the lower ones, but the uppers lack wings, are larger in size, and are more tubular in shape.

Cultivation Guidelines:
Light: Bright indirect or dappled light, leaves turn red easily.
Temperature: Intermediate to highland conditions. This species does not like extremely cold nighttime temperatures and can tolerate warmer days compared to other highland nepenthes.
Growing medium: A very well-draining and airy mix. A mix of sphagnum with a high proportion of horticultural-grade perlite or bark works well, or an all inorganic mix consisting of a mixture between kanuma, akadama, and lava rock.
Extra notes on Cultivation: Out of the toothy species, generally this is the easiest to grow but can be difficult to get to pitcher.

 

 

   
 
 
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