Jan Schlauer (zxmsl01@studserv.zdv.uni-tuebingen.de)
Tue, 5 Apr 1994 18:10:37 +0100


>In my travels this winter, I had the chance to visit Holland. While there,
>I toured the Hortus Botanicus in Leiden and would strongly recommend
>that any fellow CP'ers who find themselves in that locale avail themselves
>of the opportunity to see their excellent Nepenthes collection. They
>had two glasshouses that were stuffed full of Nepenthes and orchids, and
>there were also some Nep. sprinkled throughout the palms.

Their collections at the Herbarium (some 100 m from the Hortus) are *much*
better (even if not alive) than those in the Hortus Botanicus (which
includes mainly hybrids and only a few "pure" species: the ones cultivated
most frequently).

After the important specimens (_N.pilosa_, _N.mollis_, etc.) have been
stolen (!!) or given away (on loan, etc....) from Bogor, Indonesia, the
herbarium in Leiden is now the most important one for the genus _Nepenthes_
on this planet (even surpassing Kew!). They have type specimens of
_N.campanulata_, _N.clipeata_, _N.petiolata_ (rather different from the
poor plant in cultivation which was -erroneously?- given this name),
_N.inermis_, etc., and great specimens of nearly all other species of this

Kind regards