N. lowii X muluensis as it arrived {photo taken 6/04}

photo taken 10 / 04

photo taken: 12 / 05

N. muluensis X lowii
purchase date: 6/04
arrived as a small size 3; others purchased as size 3 plants
plant origin: Borneo Exotics
photo taken: 6 / 06

Nepenthes muluensis X lowii is a highlander hybrid between N. lowii and N. muluensis. There are several locality variations in N. lowii so I don't know where the parent N. lowii was from. I grow N. muluensis and it is a nicely splotched dark red and creamy yellow pitchering plant. Anything hybridized with Nepenthes lowii has the potential to be a stunning plant and that's why I purchased it. My space is limited so I try to purchase only hybrids that I can adequately take care of. This hybrid is a naturally occurring hybrid that is fairly available as of late. What I don't know is if this particular hybrid was from seed collected that turned out to be a hybrid or was actually hybridized in a greenhouse. I originally thought it wasn't a naturally occurring hybrid until more information surfaced. The plants appear to be rather slow growing for me for as long as I've had them. I've found that N. muluensis is a fairly moderate grower compared to N. lowii so I kind of expected this hybrid to be a little more vigorous than what I've seen so far. I recently bought a few larger plants compared to the first offerings. By large I mean around 5-6" inches. Nowhere near vining or adult stage. Large plants haven't been available yet as well as any photos. Maybe in a year or so some nice adult photos of this hybrid will become available. Borneo Exotics states that this hybrid is a small growing plant and would be a good candidate for terrariums. Also they list plants are from 3 different clones.

highlander (naturally occurring hybrid)

Cultivation: easy to moderate; bit of a slow grower for a hybrid
Market availability: size 3; available
Species variability: none that I'm aware of, but if seed grown there could be subtle differences in shape and color
$ / size: moderate; $25.00 and up
Cuttings: none available for trade
Sex: unknown