Here is some pictures from the vieillardii that i've seen a few weeks ago. Hope you'll like those pictures. This nepenthes is growing in a lateritic soil developed on ultrabasic rocks which are rich in metals like iron, l' aluminium, cobalt, chromium and nickel. True poison for a large majority of common plants. It's a true lowland nepenthes, with many colors and shapes. You'll see to the well known drosera neocaledonica.
Hope you'll like it
Le Mont Koghi
Le Col de Prony
Les chutes de la Madeleine
Le Parc Provincial de la Rivière Bleue
Le Mont Dore
L'ile des Pins
This vieillardii seems don't have been saw since 1977 in the Isle of Pines. I've found only a few plants, i was so happy you can imagine.
Post by rainforest on Aug 1, 2009 10:26:05 GMT -10
This is so reminiscent of the Hawai'ian landscape with its red clay and similar vegetation of Hawai'ian Ohi'a lehua and ulu'he ferns. I am curious about the metrosideros as seen in the earlier shots with sedges similar to our natives. I can imagine that the area gets very hot and looks dry. Although regarded as a "lowland" region, what is the night time temperature drops like?
This is an interesting group of nepenthes. The variations and different habitats show so much diversity in this species. Again the only form in tc represents just a single form and doesn't do justice for this species. The plants here all look vigorous despite harsh conditions. Yet the tc clone grows so slow and is difficult to even keep alive.
There should be more effort to bring this species to cultivation as seed grown originals instead of random tc clones.