re:nepenthes book

Johannes Marabini (
Thu, 30 May 96 20:00 +0100

If you discuss about Nepenthes hybrids, you have to consider that
Nepenthes have no incompatibility-bound! You can cross every Nepenthes.
In 1983 I found only a few of N.x trusmadiensis on G.Trus Madi. 8 years
later there were a lot of small plants of a hybrid between N.
edwardsiana and N.lowii (i.e. N.x trusmadiensis). I am sure you will
find now a good population of this hybrid there and perhaps in 10
years... . Also in culture are the hybrids more robust than the
species. There is no reason, why N.murudensis shouldn't become dominant
in this area, also as a hybrid.

I gree with Andreas Wistuba that the N.Mizuho Kondo is no hybrid than this
N.rafflesiana f.alata. The gardens should change it's name.

What about N.faicaliana in the new book? Lamb and Phillipps wrote, that it is
considered conspecific with N.stenophylla (pg.136), although Adam and Wilcock
wrote in their description that it is near to N.fusca. I have material of
N.faicaliana and I have to say that it has nothing to do with N.fallax
(N.stenophylla). It is sure near to N.fusca and it is a separate specie.

I don't think that the Nepenthes sp. shown in Fig.80 of the book is a
new specie. If you think of the differences between the 'highlandform'
and the 'lowlandform' and all the other forms of N.veitchii you can add
this 'form' to the others.

Now let me say something to forming bastards within Nepenthes. 7 years
ago I started an experiment with crossing Nepenthes. I crossed
N.albo-marginata with N.maxima. After 4 years the F1 generation
flowered, 1 male, 2 female. I made a new hybrid F1 x F2. The result
was depressive. I never saw such urgly plants! but they grew as fast
as non of my other species and you still can see the parental parts!
(no so clear at all)

Bye Johannes