appears to be upper pitcher coloration

N. pectinata
purchase date: 2 / 02
arrived as a rooted cutting
plant origin: Exotica Plants
photo taken: 1 / 05

lower pitcher

N. pectinata "purple"
purchase date: 2 / 06
arrived as a rooted cutting
plant origin: unsure
photo taken: 5 / 06

Nepenthes pectinata is closely related to N. xiphioides and N. gymnamphora so I'm told. I've seen some photos that appear different than mine so there must be some variation with this species.  It is a somewhat small, scrambling vine that wraps its tendrils around bamboo stakes that are in the pots to support the plant. The Exotica Plants clone had always produced the yellowish pitchers for the longest time so I thought maybe my plant was something else. Finally a nice lower pitcher was produced that surprised me. I didn't even see it because it was buried beneath some leaves of my other Nepenthes. I was blown away by the color difference from the upper pitchers. It definitely has red blotching with striping in the peristome. Quite nice! Before this lower pitcher was produced, I didn't think much of this species but not anymore. I have another N. pectinata called a "purple" that I purchased from a private grower. He said this purple variety originated from another grower from whom he got a cutting. Exotica Plants offers a N. pectinata "purple" but they don't have a photo of their plant. It is possible that this clone is cutting from one of Exotica Plants stock. The lower pitchers are almost a "purple" color while the uppers are yellowish. Both plants readily produce basal shoots but I haven't tried taking many cuttings yet to see how they root.  

highlander 950m-2750m

Cultivation: easy; moderate to good grower as a scrambling vine
Market availability: size 3 to rooted cuttings; fairly common; purple variety may be quite limited
Species variability: some; typical, purple, locality differences possibly
$ / size: inexpensive-moderate; $18.00 and up for larger plants and color variants
Cuttings: available at times for trade 
Sex: female Exotica Plants; female "purple" clone