Nepenthes macrophylla

I must be cursed with these so-called toothed Nepenthes. I lost my 12-year old N. villosa after a bad decision to leave it outside during a weekend away so it could get cool at night, but it was not shaded enough and ended up half roasted. I killed N. edwardsiana because of I don’t know, nights too cold, perhaps. Last, my weak N. hamata “red hairy” seedling faced a similar fate. But I can’t stop there. I love hooked pitcher plants. When I saw Nepenthes macrophylla in the 2020 sale list of Thomas Carow, I knew it was time to lay the ghost of that misfortune to rest.

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March 2020

Thomas Carow sent me three plants instead of one. I pondered the possibility of selling one or two, but quickly decided to keep all of them, for two reasons. First, having three plants enables the joy of getting new pitchers more frequently, which is a boon with a painfully slow grower like Nepenthes macrophylla. Second, it’s always good to have several specimens in case one dies. So thanks a lot Thomas!

I noticed that the plants were all linked to a common, larger root, and separating them would have caused more harm than good. As a result, they will grow rather close to each other, but I think that’s viable for quite some time.

Nepenthes macrophylla in March 2020
I really dig this way of packing plants. Very professional.
Nepenthes macrophylla in March 2020
Nice typical thick leaves with marginal indumentum. In an unusual fashion, the pitcher wings are flattened sideways.
Nepenthes macrophylla in March 2020
It’s crowded, but so is the rainforest, isn’t it? You can see Drosera spiralis and Utricularia quelchii in the background.
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