re: H. tatei

From: Howie Shen (
Date: Sat Dec 18 1999 - 14:39:29 PST

Date: Sat, 18 Dec 1999 14:39:29 -0800 (PST)
From: Howie Shen <>
Message-Id: <aabcdefg4190$foo@default>
Subject: re: H. tatei

Angie, you mention that your tatei's crown of new
growth is above the soil surface. Heliamphora tatei
has the unique characteristic of growing upright
extensions of the rhizome which, in the wild, can be
several meters (yes, METERS) tall above ground, like a
woody trunk. I have seen photos from the tepuis in
South America where the tatei look almost like Joshua
trees, with crowns of pitchers at the ends of
"branches". With this in mind, I think this plant is
the closest we have to a carnivorous tree...amazing!

I am very excited to hear this from you, since I have
been curious about the small tatei that I bought from
you a few months ago, wondering if this was indeed
the variety that exhibited this kind of growth. I
will assume it is and look forward to seeing it!

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