photo taken 10 04


photo taken: 5 / 05

N. truncata X aristolochioides
purchase date: 10 / 04
arrived as a size 3
plant origin: Exotica Plants
photo taken: 6 / 07

Nepenthes truncata X N. aristolochioides is another one of Exotica Plants' great creations. The plant is a cross between N. truncata which produces huge pitchers and N. aristolochioides which produces some of the most unusual ones. It appears to have the peristome and pitcher coloration of  N. aristolochioides, but the angle of the mouth opening isn't. The leaves seem to resemble N. truncata and aren't as straplike as N. aristolochioides. Since there are so many hybrids out there, I have to be particular which hybrids I can grow. I think this one will be worth the investment. There have been other hybrids from Exotica involving N. aristolochioides as well. So it wouldn't surprise me to see some very cool and unusual specimens available. This particular plant had no transplant shock or difficulty going outdoors. It is growing in full sun in a hanging basket and has begun to put out several sideshoots. I've had good success growing highlander hybrids crossed with N. truncata outdoors. As with Exotica Plants' hybrids; they seem to be available for a while and then disappear for several years until rooted cuttings are available which are generally more expensive; especially for the popular hybrids. That's one reason why I feel the only available plants of this hybrid will be rooted cuttings from Exotica Plants or the hobbyists that purchased the plants and make available their cuttings.

highlander / lowlander (not a naturally occuring hybrid)

Cultivation: easy;  moderate to somewhat of a slow grower, may be quicker growing under intermediate conditions
Market availability: larger plants and rooted cuttings?; limited to Exotica Plants and hobbyists that offer rooted cuttings
Species variability: probably color and pitcher differences due to seed grown hybridizing
$ / size: expensive; $79.00 and up
Cuttings: none available for trade
Sex: female