Botanical Garden Tours - #026 : Nephentes x Mixta - The Monkey Cup

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Hello lovely Steemians !


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Welcome to another day of the Botanical Garden Tours. Today I want to present to you the Nepenthes x Mixta, also known as the Pitcher Plant or the Monkey Cup. This rather funny name refers to the fact that it has been observed that monkeys are drinking rainwater from these plants.

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The family of the Nepenthes belong to the carnivorous plants, which count more then 170 different species. Those are common in rather tropical regions and can be found mainly everywhere in Southeast Asia, but also appear in adjacent parts of South Asia as well as in Madagascar and Australia. Thereby the greatest diversity, half of it, is found in Borneo, Sumatra and the Philippines.

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Nepenthes have huge pitchers, compared to other carnivorous plants. They get as huge as 30 cm in length. They are usually completely lime green with several red spots and posses large red lips. Those pitchers are located at a height of 70-100 cm. Other Nephentes species even are found to be located at heights such as 15 m and/or can have a deep red color.

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They can even withstand relatively cold temperatures but no frost. Optimal is a range between 10°C to 30°C, but not located where directly exposed to the sun. They also prefer rather wet soil and are dependent on a lot of water and prefer a humidity of at least 80% up to 100%.

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In general carnivorous plants like this Nepenthes, but also any other Pitcher plants are amazing examples of natures creativity. Their former leaves have evolved into pitcher shaped tubes, that are capable of trapping insects inside them. The pray is attract by a secretions from Extrafloral Nectaries with a beautiful scent that is located on the peristome, the outer rim of the tube, that looks like the lips of a mouth. This peristome is quite slippery which causes the lured insects to fall inside the mouth of the tube where they are trapped and subsequently digested.

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Their usual prey consists of insects, such as flies, mosquitoes, moths, wasps and butterflies. But it was also observed that these carnivorous Pitcher Plants sometimes manage to trap small rats and lizards, as well as small birds.

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As always I hope that you enjoyed my Botanical Garden Tours. Thank you for your time and see you next episode ^^


All pictures were taken by myself, ©@adalger, with a Huawei P30 Mobile Phone. For information gathering I mainly used Wikipedia.


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What a wonderful post @adalger, those pitcher plants are so incredible.
Thanks for the tour my friend.

You are welcome @farm-mom ^^ Those are actually also quite suitable for the garden! Florida should be a suitable place for them too I believe ;)

Spectacular photographs of a spectacular plant.
Congratulations,@adalger

Thank you ^^ .. The next entry will be a nice flower again, but I already saw another spectacular plant there for the entry afterwards, hehe ;)

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I look forward to that post. I had never seen this plant.

By the way I published a new post for amazingnature

What a grand tubular shaped flower designed to attract insects, you mention a pleasant smell which is interesting.

Great photography of the plant, a good one to have near a house to attract flies.

Hey there @joanstewart ^^ thanks for stopping by ;) .. Actually this "x mixta" variant is quite easy to keep in the garden. South Africa also has suitable temperatures! If you manage to find a place around your house that is not exposed to the sun to much and water it regularly it may be suitable for you ^^

They would grow very well in the many damp shaded areas in our garden, although we have turned to water-wise gardening.

Hehe, maybe for for some beautiful Pitcher Plant you can spare a bit of water ? .. Unfortunately you would need to water them quite often ;( .. But I can already spoiler you a little bit. The next entry to the tours is a beautiful flower from South Africa. Maybe this one is suited better for you, hehe ^^

The most unusual plant I had in the garden for a period of 3 years sadly died off.

Flower most definitely smelled of rotting meat, I never witnessed it capture flies unfortunately.

Look forward to seeing your next entry.

I think it is something that is known to you ^^ and this one may be definitely a beautiful addition to your garden this time, hehe ;)

Amazingly beautiful that flower friend @adalger.

Thank you ^^ .. And I found already some nice new ones to show too 😉

Nice Botanical Garden Tours Photography.

Thank you ^^ This one was definitely one of my favorites there 😍

Truly a marvelous work of nature :))

Those are really amazing.. It is so awesome how creative mother nature can be sometimes ^^

Did you see any bodies inside?

Hehe, there was nothing inside ^^ .. But I walk along the Botanical Gardens nearly every day. If I find something I will update the post directly ;)