re: Nepenthes maxima

From: Nicholas Plummer (
Date: Thu Mar 18 1999 - 13:16:36 PST

Date: Thu, 18 Mar 1999 16:16:36 -0500
From: Nicholas Plummer <>
Message-Id: <aabcdefg852$foo@default>
Subject: re: Nepenthes maxima

Dave Evans wrote in response to my question about N. maxima appendages:

>No, it's not variable. Even in many f1 hybrids involving _N.
> maxima_ there is a bump on the bottom of the front of the lid,
> corresponding to where the "thorn" is found on the pure "species."
> Species is in quotes, since I think _N.maxima_ and relatives are
> still ill defined. However, you should be able to tell whether it's
> at least a close relative as opposed to a hybrid by checking for
> that "thorn."

Hmm, I'll have to look closely at my plant when it produces a few more
pitchers, since it's still adjusting to new conditions and only has one
right now. It does have a bump near the base of the lid, which I
believe is also an N. maxima characteristic, so it's just the terminal
extension that seems to be missing. It's a very pretty clone from
Andrew Marshall labeled "CSUF male." Does anyone else have this clone?

> N. eymae is more extreme in it's characteristics, thereby
> making it easier to see them in photos. On those maxima pics,
> I believe the thorns are there on those plants (unless they are
> mis-labelled), but are not easy to see.

You're right, the photos of wild plants from Doorman's Top do indeed
have the thorns. It was a photo of cultivated plant on which I couldn't
see the thorn.

Thanks for the info.


Nicholas Plummer

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