Nepenthes diatas is a species highlander. It has the "toothy" peristome which makes this species quite handsome. Several forms have been available over the years. Some I recall from Borneo Exotics were the "meadow" and "forest" form years ago. Pitchers vary and can be solid maroon to some striping in the peristome as this one has. Leaves are thick and the entire plant is very sturdy. For a highlander, this species has given me some fits at times. I had a few larger specimens that grew well for years but then rotted out after winter. Also, pitchers seem to be sporatically formed during the growing season. It does produce basals readily and the resulting pitchers tend to bit a little bit hairy. Hybrids are rare using this species which is too bad since it would be nice to cross on to. Most of the clones available are generally from tissue culture.
Cultivation: a bit tricky at times, slow grower, keep on
drier side during cold months
Market availability: size 2, size 3, larger plants?; common
Species variability: forest form, meadow form, and other locality names; pitcher coloration varies as well
$ / size: inexpensive to moderate $13.00 to 35.00 for larger plants
Cuttings: none available now