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
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
lance: Everyone left the forums and moved to facebook groups.
Oct 2, 2019 12:09:05 GMT 7
mylesg: yes, facebook groups will never have same feel as this place once did
Nov 3, 2019 8:34:22 GMT 7
etiennecancio: perhaps we can try to revitalize the old forums? i always found them to be much more convenient than facebook groups at least hah
Nov 4, 2019 17:01:25 GMT 7
mylesg: i refuse to abandon this place, i am posting in my grow thread with many photos and always there to answer any questions just built new grow room and tons of pitcher shots!
Nov 6, 2019 21:17:59 GMT 7
vidyut: hey mylesg. glad to hear that. Love this forum. Facebook can't organize knowledge like this. Will participate as much as I can.
Nov 25, 2019 5:37:09 GMT 7
vidyut: Photobucket has ruined this place and many other forum archives with years and years of photos worth referencing now blurred. Priceless information hostage to services once free, begging for adoption, arbitrarily monetized.
Nov 25, 2019 16:28:58 GMT 7
bonfield: This forum is almost at 13K total threads, I can't wait to read the topic that pushes it past the mark!
Dec 3, 2019 8:27:58 GMT 7
arvin555: I do not like FB forums because it is difficult to read back Archives. Let us keep this forum alive!
Dec 9, 2019 11:14:09 GMT 7
mylesg: just posted ton of new pics in my thread!
Feb 9, 2020 3:40:25 GMT 7
bonfield: If you think the situation on this forum is bad, you should see what that those creeps Justin Dunning and Kurtis Herperger(Victoria Butterfly Gardens), Willy Chung, and Lloyd Gordon did to the Canadian forums: www.butterflygardens.ca
Jun 1, 2021 7:14:40 GMT 7