N. truncata X (stenophylla X lowii)
purchase date: 01 / 09
arrived as a rooted cutting
plant origin: Exotica Plants
photo taken:  02 / 09

Nepenthes truncata X (stenophylla X lowii) is an Exotica Plants hybrid between a lowlander and a highlander. This particular Nepenthes is from one of Exotica's cuttings that they make available periodically. At this point, I'm not sure if this is an upper pitcher or just a typical pitcher. The N. stenophylla seems to be very visible in this photo. I'm going to be growing it as a highlander outdoors so my hope is that it is fairly cold tolerant but with the mother being N. truncata, it might do better as a warmer intermediate grower. Some of Exotica's intermediates do well for me as highlanders and others suffer more when the weather gets colder. That can happen from seed grown plants, as Exotica's are, because there's varying degrees of influence from the parents. If there was only 1 clone from tissue culture then there would be a much better idea of cold tolerance due to the fact that all plants would be identical to each other. As with many of Exotica's hybrids, once the initial seed grown plants are gone then there's only cuttings to be had. And that makes finding a particular hybrid difficult and expensive at times. 

highlander / intermediate (not a naturally occurring hybrid)

Cultivation: moderate outdoors, easier as an intermediate is my guess at this time
Market availability: rooted cuttings; limited availability 
Species variability: maybe some among the original seed grown plants
$ / size: expensive; $65.00 - $80.00 depending on availability and vendor markup
Cuttings: none available for trade
Sex: unknown