A few years ago, i decided for the french carnivorous plants forum to diffuse my last report about a carnivorous plant in wild.
In May 2005, i've been to the Seychelles on Mahé, where i decided to see the most spectacular Nepenthes for me. I've been in 2004 in Borneo and saw some amazing nepenthes too, but the rare pervillei is for me a must.
My girlfriend and i went to Mahé, between the end of April to the beginning of May. We saw 3 areas where this beautiful plant used to grow so easily under a strong sunlight. The temperature in general rise around 30° early in the morning, and the soil was very dry. I've been on the " 3 frères " area, " Copolia " and an other place on the " sans souci " road.
About soil, no sphagnum at all. Just some quartz, sand, granit, and vegetal clay ( earth i mean.... sorry for my english ) on the " sans souci " area. Sun was really strong at 9am. No clouds. 30° at the beginning.... and after more than half an hour, already 33°-35°. No water on the ground, but as there are many plants around the pervillei, i suppose that in the deep soil, some water does exist. In the soil, the temperature was around 27°. About Lumens, i used a luxmeter, and i recorded between 18000 and 22000L in the morning. The plants, in the 3 areas are growing in full South direction. You'll see on the pictures different shapes from the pitchers. Some are green, or yellow with red under the opercule. One of the superb area is maybe the Copolia area. The plants are growing on the black granite ( Temp is quite low, " just " 26° or 27° ), but there is some little wind on the Copolia. Here you can find easily the pervillei which looking the sea at around 500m high. Like a live concert, you can easily listen the fly or large orange wasps. Here the soil is really thin, 1,5cm high....wet, and it's look like some peat. Here the light is more important cos the vegetal are in minority. So the pervillei can grow easily thant the othe areas where small trees are abundant. It's a problem for the pervillei which loves high light. The plants must climb to the trees to " take " more light so. What a strange nepenthes too, cos even you can see a lot of plants in particular area, this plants has long vines where every 5 leaf, make a simple rosette, which making anothe vines, etc..... it's like a spider's web. The uppers pitchers are upright, which making this plant so nice for me and different. The tendrils are very short too. About the size, even the lowers or uppers pitchers, it's making between 15 and 18cm. The lowers pitchers are more colorfull than the uppers. Even under the trees, like in the " Sans souci " road, the lowers are purple. No sun at all. Just shadow.....but so nice and large.
All the areas i've been were safety and like virgin. But this plant grow just in some localities. Not more. You can find it too on Silhouettes. But i wanted to see some other things on Mahé with my girlfriend.....And when you've already seen 3 areas with pervillei, it's already the Paradise !.
Well i could talk a lot about this wonderful plant, but my english is maybe too poor. However, if you have some questions, it will be a pleasure to answer you.
Now, here you'll find my travel to the World of pervillei.
Hope you like it.
Kindest regards to all of you.
Sans souci road.... A lower pitcher under trees......
"3 frères" area..... The flowers......... different as the nepenthes in general. ( Similar as the Madagascariensis nepenthes, which i'll maybe see next year. )
Hope you liked my report.....and i hope to see maybe one more time..........this Jewel.
Post by rainforest on Apr 15, 2008 7:37:12 GMT -10
That was a fantastic first post and great read and a visual delight to see! Aloha and welcome to the forum! After seeing the true pervillei, I must say that this species has a similar resemblance to N. campanulata. It has that rosette and short tendril, somewhat upright pitcher and curiously that lateral runner (this time above ground). The photos actually make more sense from other photos I have seen about this species. I can tell that this species is a hard grown plant with leathery leaves that probably has strong defiance to many elements found in that regime. I am curious about its diet. Had you the opportunity to observe what kinds of prey is in the pitchers? I imagine the wasps and flies you heard buzzing around. How far away are these plants from the littoral zones of the beach? Thank you for sharing about this wonderful and bizarre species.
" Had you the opportunity to observe what kinds of prey is in the pitchers?" Yes i had, i'll post a picture of it soon as possible . Not a lot of prey. Some flies or bees. The "problem" is i've seen very often some birds which know very well the secret of nepenthes ( Souimanga of Seychelles ) .... They're making a hole in bottom of the pitchers and they steal the insect. So most of the pitchers are perforated. "Funny"!
" How far away are these plants from the littoral zones of the beach" The severals areas i've seen are quite close to the sea, but between 400m and 800m of altitude. ( Has the difference of madagascariensis which i've seen last year, the waves can nearly touch the plants ).
Post by rainforest on Apr 15, 2008 16:04:49 GMT -10
It is very interesting to see some of the adaptions taking place for many of the shoreline nepenthes species. N. insignis, pervillei, madagasacariensis, sp. Viking, et al and also wonder if their roots might have tuberous or storage abilities.
These insights are so helpful in knowing more about this little known species.