Re: help with N. maxima look-a-like

Jan Schlauer (
Sat, 18 Feb 1995 18:34:32 +0100


>I received a _Nepenthes_ that a friend of mine originally received from
>the Turnbull & Middleton expedition, from Sulawesii. The name of it
>was N. maxima "mini", but after growing it for a while it dows not seem
>to be a N. maxima at all. It is a very small plant, hence the
>qualifier name "mini",

It might be just a juvenile (or poorly growing) plant. Has it flowered

> the
>coloration scheme is very different from any maxima I have ever seen,
>with red lines running down the side of the pitchers.

This is not relevant for determination. There are perhaps more colour forms
than available names in _Nepenthes_ (especially in _N.maxima_, Andreas: you
could certainly tell some stories about the plants you have seen in New
Guinea/Celebes!), and I do not see any need to reverse the ratio.

>From what I know of _N. maxima_
>it always has a spur, but this one does not, and I have never seen the
>pitchers more than 10cm long.

Again, this might indicate you just have a juvenile plant.

> Are there any more Nepenthes that people know of that come from Sulawesii?

People know of at least the following species from Celebes (Sulawesi):

_N.tomoriana_ (endemic),
_N.maxima_ (common, widespread),
_N.eymae_ (syn. N.infundibuliformis, subendemic, probably to be united with
_N.maxima_, anyway),
_N.glabrata_ (syn. N.rubromaculata auct., endemic),
_N.tentaculata_ (common, also on Borneo),
_N.hamata_ (endemic, closely related to _N.tentaculata_),
_N.ampullaria_ (?, widespread),
_N.gracilis_ (common, widespread),
_N.mirabilis_ (common, widespread),
_N.merrilliana_ (rare, also in the Philippines)

>Could this be a new species?

Yes, but you should at least make sure it is not one of the above before
you describe it as new!

Kind regards