Nepenthes lowii

Photography Rod Kruger © copyright 2004

Nepenthes lowii is one of the most bizarre of all nepenthes. It is easily distinguished by the highly reduced peristome on the upper pitchers, and the narrow waist. The pitchers themselves are quite woody in texture, and substantial nectar is produced, forming a white crystalline exudate on the underside of the lid. This species receives its nutrients not from catching insects, but from the droppings of  tree shrews and occasionally birds, which come to feed on the nectar. It is predominantly an epiphyte, but will occasionally grow terrestrially. This species has a wide distribution across Borneo, and there is a degree of variation in morphology of pitchers between populations.LOCATION

ELEVATION: 1800-2600 meters

Although a slow grower, this species is relatively easy to cultivate if given the right highland conditions, Due to its epiphytic nature, live sphagnum moss would be the potting media of choice

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

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