Wow, nice program on nepenthes. Fauzi is very famous! Good for him! I have a few questions, if you could tell me what was going on. The purpose of planting the nepenthes on that slope is for Was that for naturalizing, landscaping, experimental planting,
What was that huge plant that Fauzi had at his sale/display and at the nursery? It kinda looked like a Tiveyi or something.
What was being discussed by one of the men who appeared to be a scientist? He was discussing about nepenthes on a tour in a green house. Is this in conjunction with a university/experimentation?
Thanks for bringing this to our attention, it was very photo-excellent!
Michael: Glad to share them, looks like now at Sout East Asia the nepenthes started to get more attention.
I will ask Fauzi to do more explanation on what is going on.
Ok, I will try to answer some of your question, it didn't say clearly why they planted the neps on the slope, but it is some of the university project on neps.
Not so sure about that big plant, but it looks like N. maxima x xTM to me???
Yes, the guy Prof. Dr. Jumaat Adam is a scientist and also head researcher for the Malaysia State University and he is into the neps experiment for two decades now, he is also the founder of 5 new species in Malaysia and he is doing the research on the fluid inside the un-openned pitcher for medical purposes, as said the fluid can be remedy for some sickness from the old tale, so he is trying to proof it scientifically.
Prof. Dr Jumaat Hj Adam or better known as J.H Adam, is currently doing some research on the slope control and he is planting a few types of plants to determine their root capacity to hold the earth on the slope. Among the plants that he used are Nepenthes.
The scene for the scientist (Dr Jumaat) was taken at the University green house.
Regarding the plant that M mentioned, it is the N.maxima x xTM from EP.
Congratulations Fauzi on the notoriety of being recognized as a nepenthes authority. We need to see still larger numbers of indigenous experts in their field. Before these plants become a part of lost history, they need to be grown more (from seeds) and distributed so there will always be a high gene pool available to all. Fauzi, Suska, et al are but a hand full of individuals making the growing of nepenthes a more interesting and fascinating hobby. But we still need to pull away from the draw of keeping these plants as an elusive carnivore and bring this into the mainstream as orchids, tillandsias and other plant groups that have a higher desire for collecting. If we kept orchids as an elusive species, then their widespread popularity would cease to exist and be less desired. We still have so many hurdles that previous growers have set up that we need to destroy. Once we can send the message that these are just plants (before they are carnivorous) then we can sell the vast numbers we have been striving for. Until then it's a collector's items that we sell an inch at a time.