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Nepenthes mollis (was N. hurrelliana) (Borneo)

Nepenthes mollis, formerly known as nepenthes hurrelliana, is truly a sight to behold. Discovered originally on Mount Lumarku, this species is thought to be an evolved form of a hybrid between nepenthes veitchii and either stenophylla or fusca. Typically, it is found growing as an epiphyte at an altitude of 1300-2600 meters, although it occurs as a terrestrial as well.

Although at first it was considered a variety of nepenthes veitchii, nepenthes mollis has various characteristics that set it apart from other species in the genus. It is most famed for its tall, slender, flared out peristome which has contrasting stripes of yellow and brown. Both the pitchers and the leaves are covered in a reddish-brown indumentum, including the upper surface of the lamina—a feature that few other nepenthes have.

The body of the pitchers is generally a tan green/yellow color, which is heavily marked by brown speckles. Upper pitchers tend to be lighter in color, but still retain the speckles, especially towards the top of the pitchers.

Cultivation Guidelines:
Light:
Bright indirect light, this species will develop dark purple coloration if exposed to high light levels.
Temperature: Standard intermediate temperatures.
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: This species does NOT like staying wet for prolonged periods of time and is susceptible to rot.

 

 

   
 
 
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