This plant is a hybrid between two highland plants: Nepenthes lowii and Nepenthes ventricosa. This is the reverse of N. ventricosa x lowii that seems to be more common. There is variation among the original seed grown plants Exotica released. Now that it's been a while, Exotica has "select" rooted cuttings of some of their select plants available. This is not a cheap hybrid but definitely one of the best and popular out there. It looks very much like a N. lowii in the uppers but grows much quicker than a N. lowii. Cultivation is easy and it produces multiple growth points in the vining stage. As of right now, both hybrids whether it be the N. ventricosa x lowii or N. lowii x ventricosa are for the most part similar in overall pitcher shape. Mainly that the mouth of the pitcher develops the ovate shape of an upper N. lowii pitcher. Coloration and pitcher size does vary from clone to clone. This has to be one of the top plants in my collection. It has always been one of my favorites since seeing Peter D'Amato's N. X briggsiana at California Carnivores.
Cultivation: easy, moderate grower
Market availability: rooted cuttings; limited --select cuttings available by Exotica as of 6 / 08
Species variability: variation among the original seed grown plants; none if acquired from a cutting
$ / size: expensive to collector's plant: $100.00 + for larger plants and select cuttings
Cuttings: none available for trade