My growing collection of neps

Ertiocx

Carnivorous Plant Addict
I picked up my first Nepenthes a year ago when I saw a small Nepenthes x ventrata in a clearance bin at Loblaw's.
After growing this for some time, I felt confident enough to start adding some more plants to my collection.
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N. veitchii (BE-4033):
  • Received Apr 2022
  • Has since grown 2 new leaves and looks like it's starting to pitcher.
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N. lowii x ventricosa (Colasanti's):
  • Picked up at a local garden center in early May 2022. Colasanti's say they grow an unlabeled mix of N. alata, N. x 'Rebecca soper' and N. lowii x ventricosa. I found this one mixed in with a pile of the others.
  • Just about to open its first new pitcher
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The rest of these are neps I received just today, so I can't comment on them but I am very excited to watch them grow.

N. (veitchii x lowii) x (burbidgeae x edwardsiana) (BE-3980):
  • Received June 2022
  • Already showing some nice teeth and stripes
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N. robcantleyi (BE-3517):
  • I like truncate leaves and I like big pitchers.
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Not pictured:
  • N. x 'Bloody Mary'
  • N. ventricosa (BE-3278)
 
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Ertiocx

Carnivorous Plant Addict
UV excitation fun

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Photos taken under white light or UV-A (365 nm) excitation.

Chlorophyll fluoresces red, while many cell wall associated components and waxes fluoresce blue-green.

Read more: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7288016/

Insects can see light in the UV-orange (300-650 nm) range and are most sensitive to blue light.

Nepenthes peristomes absorb UV light and fluoresce bright blue, which helps attract the attention of insects.

Read more: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1438-8677.2012.00709.x

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-carnivorous-plants-glow-under-ultraviolet-light-to-attract-prey-180948058/
 
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Trapper J

Carnivore
Wow! Those are gorgeous. You obviously are hooked on the Neps. My first Nep (lowii x ventricosa) arrives this week. After reading your posts it's obvious how alluring these amazing plants can be. Love the UV filter. Finally I can imagine what the bugs see. Now I have to find my long buried UV light. It has a simple light spectrum but I'm curious to see if anything shows up.
 

Dogrem

Carnivorous Plant Addict
That's a fantastic view of what "could" see insects.
It's like only the peristome and the nectar glands are important.

The pattern on and under the lid disappears
The pattern inside the pitcher disappears
The stripes on the peristome disappear
 
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