Nepenthes bicalcarata

Photography Rod Kruger © copyright 2004

Nepenthes bicalcarata grows in peat swamp forest and kerangas vegetation, with young plants generally preferring shady habitats. It shares similar environmental requirements to N. ampullaria, and they are often found growing side by side. This species is readily distinguished by the 2 fang like protuberances, which hang over the pitcher mouth. The exact function of these fangs is not yet known, but suggestions include a difficult obstacle for insects to navigate, or a sharp deterrent for thieving little monkey hands. Pitchers get to about 25 cm, but the plants can get enormous, with stems thicker than your thumb, and climbing over 50 meters.


ELEVATION: 0-950 meters

A lot of room is what you will need if you want to grow N. bicalcarata to its full potential. And given lowland conditions, there is no stopping this plant, which can be a very easy and fast grower. However, it is very intolerant of lower temperatures, and leaves will readily burn and plant growth will become stunted if it gets too cold. These plants love it hot!

SCALE: 1-5 (1-easy, 5-challenging)


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