It's been eleven years since a friend gave me my first nepenthes; eight years since my first visit to Borneo and my decision to sell my 350 neps and move to Sarawak, and four years since I actually moved here. But only last week did I actually make it up the Holy Mountain to see with my own eyes the most glorious flesh-eating plants on the planet.
This being a hard-core nepenthes forum, I'll stick to the core theme and spare you the gazillions of orchids that cover every living - and many a non-living - being up there, and I won't bore you with the outlandish variety of geckos, stick insects, gingers, amphibians, begonias, and of course, snakes :-)
These shots are from the Nepenthes Garden in Mesilau (2000 m asl), but there's also some other stuff we found in the nearby forests. Words to describe the experience are hard to come by, so I'll let the photos speak for themselves.
Into the Garden
The Garden from a distance
The Garden up close:
Scanning for neps:
Burbidgeae x fusca
View from the Garden across the valley
Views inside and from the garden
Edwardsiana (Kinabalu Park Headquarters, Botanical Garden). This plant covered an entire tree, but I had no long lens.
Tentaculata. These were everywhere in the forest along the Summit Trail, up to 2000 meters
It certainly was. And the impressive surroundings of the ultramafic forests covering the entire tall, narrow valley lent the entire scene a parallel-universe feeling. Everything up there - birds, insects, plants, reptiles - was somehow familiar to me from the lowlands in Sarawak, where I live, but then again, everything was so different. For every lowland life form, it seems, there's a montane analog.
They aren't usually quite that squat. However, people might also be thinking of other species in the group which include N. muluensis, N. nigra, N. murudensis and N. hamata.
These are some really bad companies, all shells of Plantron Inc., so don't order from them unless you want small and dead plants they don't want to refund:
Farmer Seed and Nursery
Four Seasons Nursery
House of Wesley
Richard Owen Nursery
How do garbage companies like these stay in business, ripping people off year
plantguyty1: I'm looking for pollen.
Dec 31, 2016 23:50:46 GMT 7
fredp: I'm trying to add a PDF file to a new thread but it doesn't seem to work thru the "Add Attachment" button. Can someone help?
Jan 8, 2017 0:08:27 GMT 7
plantguyty1: Does anybody need pollen? I have N. Miranda it's the first time it flowered for me so I do not know if its sterile or a good candidate. Is there anybody with an active female that would like to give my pollen a shot?
Feb 19, 2017 1:19:37 GMT 7
siravi: im looking for seeds, anyone?
Mar 15, 2017 13:41:04 GMT 7
samu0945: I'm looking for N. Aristolochioides
Apr 2, 2017 8:48:30 GMT 7
thatoneplantboi: Hey guys, I'm new to growing nepenthes, I'm getting a mini indoor greenhouse to grow them in. What kind of light should I use for them? Also, if you could provide a link to a product, it would be very much appreciated
Oct 5, 2017 10:16:29 GMT 7
borneo: Yes, they work superbly. But you don't need expensive lights, cheap ones work well too.
Sept 2, 2018 14:34:57 GMT 7
mylesg: i havent checked in here for a while, why does it seem all the CP forums have lost their once strong activity? the trade/sale section used to be so active and now its a ghost town. where is everybody hanging out these days for a strong online CP community?
Dec 9, 2018 3:15:01 GMT 7
mylesg: Happy holidays to everyone out there!
Dec 26, 2018 0:23:13 GMT 7