photo taken:  12 / 05 upon arrival

N. ventricosa X trusmadiensis darker clone (photo taken:  12 / 06)

N. ventricosa X trusmadiensis
purchase date: 7 / 05
arrived as a size 3
plant origin: Exotica Plants
photo taken:  12 / 06

Nepenthes ventricosa X trusmadiensis is a hybrid between two highland plants. The latter being a natural hybrid of N. lowii X N. macrophylla. Exotica Plants is putting out numerous hybrids using N. X trusmadiensis that are fantastic but this one could be one of the best. I think that N. lowii X N. ventricosa is one of the best hybrids. But mix in N. X trusmadiensis for N. lowii and it might be even better. My hope is that it looks similar to N. X briggsiana but with a more pronounced toothy peristome. There are color variations among the different seed grown plants out there. They range from a greenish pitcher to a dark red pitcher. I have many clones that are all somewhat different. They all grow well outdoors for me in full sun or under shade cloth. The growth also is a little more vigorous than other highlanders as well. This hybrid will be in demand once the initial offerings are gone. That happened with Exotica's N. lowii X ventricosa. Small plants were available and then were all snatched up. Exotica then had rooted cuttings available a  year or so later at $150.00 AU. So right now plants are currently available but will probably disappear in a few months only to return a few years later at 3 times the price. Initial photos of the other N. X trusmadiensis crosses from Exotica Plants are all looking fantastic. There's no doubt that this plant will be highly sought after in the future. 


highlander (not a naturally occurring hybrid)

Cultivation: easy outdoors, probably easy as a windowsill plant; quicker growing than most highlanders due to hybrid vigor
Market availability: size 3; currently available
Species variability: some variation within the seed grown plants from green with flecks to maroon
$ / size: moderate to expensive $40.00 and up
Cuttings: none available for trade
Sex: unknown