Post by Marcello Catalano on Mar 25, 2008 19:34:15 GMT 7
for the few people who might be interested in this
A few years ago a cultivar of N. gracilis was registered through the ICPS by Phill Mann and named N. "Nighttime Regal".
This cultivar presents characteristics which are exceptional for a plant of N. gracilis. Even a plant of two metres will go on producing 15 cm long pitchers of a deep red/maroon colour.
A part from being so large and deep red in colour, there are some characteristics which make it different from a normal N. gracilis: a very thin but striped peristome and less slender pitchers. I suspected for a few years that this could be a hybrid, considering how different it is from N. gracilis, but in the last twelve months I've seen the photos of N. x bauensis (which is N. gracilis x northiana) by Junglemike and now I really think these two plants are the same.
Very interesting, Marcello. However, even if it is a Bauensis, the cultivar status is not negated. Parentage is not a prerequisite for cultivar status, and the plant remains N. 'Nightime Regal' regardless of what we may estimate its parentage to be. If the plant came from an aquired cutting or seed collected in the Bau region, then it may be a bauensis, but it is still a registered cultivar. Man! Marcello, you have one sharp eye to have made that connection. There is a definite resemblance based on the photos. We have no personal observation of Bauensis, so can only judge from the pics. (no one has Bauensis in the US as far as we know.).
Post by Marcello Catalano on Mar 25, 2008 20:10:21 GMT 7
Very interesting, Marcello. However, even if it is a Bauensis, the cultivar status is not negated. Parentage is not a prerequisite for cultivar status, and the plant remains N. 'Nightime Regal' regardless of what we may estimate its parentage to be. If the plant came from an aquired cutting or seed collected in the Bau region, then it may be a bauensis, but it is still a registered cultivar.
Oh, I didn't know that! Even better! It makes things easier...
Yeah, I never had the thought the plant 'Nighttime Regal' was actually a N. gracilis. I have thought it was a hybrid when I read the article and reviewed the photos. I didn't make the connection with N. gracilis * N. northiana though. At the time the name N. bauensis didn't even exist.
I can't say for certian, but it sure does seem that N. 'Nighttime Regal' = a selection from N. bauensis. Here is a possible example of false statements in the cultivar description. It is stated the characteristics for the cultivar can only be maintained by making divisions of the original plant. If it turns out most N. bauensis plants are a perfect match for the cultivar, that statement would not be true. After all, the author was comparing the plant against N. gracilis, believing the plant was a pure N. gracilis, just like most people do when they look at N. bauensis.
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