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Nepenthes x ‘Miranda’ is in the family Nepenthaceae. This species is a hybrid between two southeast Asian species N. maxima and N. northiana. Nepenthes species are considered either highland or lowland depending on their native habitat. However, this hybrid is considered both highland and lowland based on its two parent species. The long, red speckled pitchers make this hybrid much sought after in the carnivorous plant trade.

Madagascar Pitcher Plant - Nepenthes madagascariensis

Endemic to Madagascar, Nepenthes madagascariensis (Caryophyllales - Nepenthaceae) is listed as Vulnerable species on the IUCN Red List. This pitcher plant can be found along the edges of swamps and in peaty/sandy soils at low altitudes.

The pitcher of this species are visited by a wide variety of insects attracted to the bright color of the pitcher, the nectar secreted around its opening, and the odor of the fluid. The insect visitors appear to become disoriented over time and with increasing likelihood fall into the pitcher and drown.

The pitchers form a temporary habitat functional for about three months. Several specialized arthropods including mosquito larvae, mites, and fly larvae complete their life cycle in the pitcher and depend directly or indirectly on the drowned insects falling into the pitcher. 

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Photo credit: ©Bernard Dupont (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) | Locality: Between Tolagnaro and Berenty, Madagascar (1998)

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Narrow-Leaved Pitcher-Plant - Nepenthes stenophylla

Nepenthes stenophylla (Nepenthaceae) is a spectacularly colored species of pitcher plants covered in small hairs. In the wild it grows to about 3m in height with multiple branching stems. A large plant of this species is truly spectacular.

The Narrow-Leaved Pitcher-Plant is endemic to Borneo. It has a wide distribution across the mountains of northwestern Borneo. It grows in highland heath forest, and ridge top vegetation, both terrestrially and as an epiphyte. The species can be variable across its range, and some variants are more colourful than others.

Reference: [1]

Photo credit: ©Tom Ballinger 

Locality: Mount Rimau, Long Pasia, Sipitang District, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia.

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Pitcher plant Nepenthes danseri

Nepenthes danseri (Caryophyllales - Nepenthaceae) is a species of pitcher plant only recorded from Halmahera (Moluccas) and on the north coast of Waigeo island (Papua New Guinea).

This species is listed on CITES Appendix II and is classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

Reference: [1]

Photo credit: ©Tom Ballinger

Locality: Halmahera. North Maluku, Indonesia

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