Nepenthes ovata

Photography Rod Kruger © copyright 2004

Nepenthes ovata is another impressive species from Sumatra. Lower pitchers resemble those of N. veitchii, and can reach 25 cm in height with a wide, flared peristome. N. ovata has pronounced teeth around the pitcher mouth. This species is closely related to N. bongso, some taxonomists finding little reason to distinguish the two as separate entities. N. ovata possesses a glandular crest beneath the pitcher lid, which is absent or poorly formed in N. bongso. Upper pitchers of both species have a similar morphology.
This plant is found both terrestrially and growing as an epiphyte, and is found mostly in mossy forest and ridge top vegetation.LOCATION

ELEVATION: 1700-2100 meters

We have found this species an easy grower if treated as a typical highland plant. It requires high humidity and thrives in a mix containing a high percentage of sphagnum moss. It should be noted that it is a slower grower than the closely related N. bongso.

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

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