Our three Nepenthes have been growing like crazy for the last couple of months. I suspect that they’re well feed due to a recent outbreak of flies in the hood.
Nepenthes are tropical pitcher plants that secrete a sweet tasting fluid around the lip of their pitchers which attract insects. Check out the fly above. Insert theme music from Jaws…Da da, Da da.
We picked up this Nepenthes species for FREE at the SF Bromeliad Society. We still do not know the species name, and seems to love our bright west facing windows. Hey, here is a picture of it when it flowered. Can anybody identify the species?
Onward to our other two Nepenthes. We picked up both of these from California Carnivores. Below is Nepenthes sanguinea. Looks a lot like the one above huh? Well, take another look at the cups. N. sanguinea has these little spikes that run down the sides of the cups, and the lip is smoother.
Speaking of cups, I have found a common name for Nepenthes in general. They are called Monkey Cups in many parts of the world, supposedly because people witness monkeys drinking the water that collects inside the cups. Looks like California Carnivores still has some N. sanguinea left in a pink variety.
Our last guy is Nepenthes singalana. This guy has been sickly since fall 2009, but is making a comeback. I think felt bad when we started to ignore it, then decided to kick out two new pitchers to display. Quick Tip: if you decide to start growing Nepenthes, remember to only use collected rainwater or distilled water…and do not feed them chunks of meat.
– Far Out Flora