Nepenthes hirsuta

Photography Rod Kruger © copyright 2004

Nepenthes hirsuta, as the Latin name suggests, the plant is covered in dark hairs, these being more prominent on the stems and underside of the leaf. Pitchers are usually green in colour, but a red spotted form is known from Gunung Santubong, near Kuching. There the plants grow in the shadier vegetation of the rainforest floor, where little sunlight is directly received. This species is also known to inhabit mossy banks in lower montane forest, open areas and disturbed vegetation. Although plain in colour, the coarse covering of hairs make this an unusual species to cultivate.


ELEVATION: 200-900 meters

Seems to prefer a little more of a shady environment, with warmer temperatures of typical lowland species. Is tolerant of occasional lower temperatures. Does not enjoy being re-potted, as disturbing the roots will often kill this plant. Will grow in most open, moist potting media. Once established, try not to disturb this species.

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

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