Post by unclemasa on Jan 27, 2008 23:29:53 GMT -10
N. spectabilis Danser (1928) Sumatra; Highland (1800 - 2200 m) Description: DANSER 374
Stems: climbing, to 6 m; to .35- .7 cm thick. Leaves: sessile; lamina oblong to spathulate: 8 cm x 3 cm to 16 cm x 6 cm; apex rounded to acute; base rounded to cordate; veins: 5- 6, located in the outer 1/2 of lamina, indistinct, pennate veins indistinct, irregularly reticulate. Lower Pitchers: UNKNOWN Upper Pitchers: abruptly originating from tendril, narrowly infundibulate in the lower half, almost tubulose in the upper half: 15 cm x 3.5 cm to 26 cm x 4.5 cm; 2 ribs present with rudiment fringe at top; mouth oblique, incurved to lid; peristome strongly flattened, expanded to .3- .6 cm some distance from lid, otherwise to .2- .3 cm wide; lid orbicular, to 3.5- 6 cm, apex rounded, base cordate, lid glandular, sometimes deeply keeled midrib; spur simple, attenuate inserted.5 to 1 cm from lid, to 2 cm. Inflorescence: a lateral raceme, to 30 cm; pedicels 1- 2 flowered, 1- 1.2 cm long; bracts present. Indumentum: stems, tendrils, pitchers red- brown, later sparse to none, leaves pubescent on midrib below, glabrous otherwise. Color: pitcher light- green or somewhat bluish outside, with numerous longitudinal vaiolet brown spots and stripes, peristome green and dark brown spotted, lid like the pitchers with smaller spots, inner surface of pitcher pale bluish green. Distinguishing Features: differs from N. sanguinea by the inflorescence.