Nepenthes mollis

Elegantly shaped pitchers with a highly developed peristome, beautiful colors, stripes and patterns, hairs all over… What’s not to like about Nepenthes mollis? The name, perhaps. Nepenthes hurrelliana—as it was once called—was a suitable homage to Andrew Hurrell, the scientist who studied the plant on Mount Murud, Malaysia, in 1995.

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February 2020

Things are getting serious with Nepenthes mollis. The newest leaf is bigger than the whole plant was in April 2019, and the newest pitcher shows most of the features of mature ones, just in a less pronounced fashion. Very satisfying.

The speed of growth is in Nepenthes villosa territory, which means very slow, at one pitcher every fifty days or so.

Nepenthes mollis in February 2020
From that point of view, the newest leaf (on the left) doesn’t look much bigger than the previous ones, but look at the base of the petiole—it’s twice as long.
Nepenthes mollis in February 2020
The difference between the two surfaces inside the pitcher is enhanced by the camera’s flash. It’s much fainter to the naked eye.
Nepenthes mollis in February 2020
I went a bit further with this one and focus-stacked many, many shots to have a sharp view of the whole peristome. I think it was worth it. Zoom in!

November 2019

The plant has settled in perfectly, and individual leaf size has more than doubled during the summer. The best part of it is seeing these lovely pitchers. They are now large enough to receive an osmocote pellet or two. I much prefer this method over regular foliar feeding, because it uses the natural way for Nepenthes to get complementary nutrients, and does so over a long period of time instead of supplying everything at once.

Nepenthes mollis in November 2019
The pitcher is 6 cm high and the whole rosette is ≈15 cm wide—about three times larger than it was in April.

April 2019

My specimen is Andreas Wistuba’s clone. The cute plant arrived in perfect shape and was immediately potted with some living sphagnum moss.

Nepenthes mollis in April 2019
The leaves already have a pronounced indumentum.
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