Nepenthes glandulifera x robcantleyi
Asian Pitchers plant hybrids: Borneo Exotics Hybrid BE-3662
Highland: Hybrid of one easy highland and an intermediate
Nepenthes glandulifera x robcantleyi, is a newer hybrid from Borneo Exotics. Seems to have come onto the market, late in 2015 through early 2016 depending on when the nursery imported it. I have seen glandulifera and robcantleyi used in hybrids heavily lately and expect this to be one of the best to come out.
Most Nepenthes glandulifera hybrids that I have encountered, consistently display great color, are very hirsute (hairy), and inherit the conspicuous glands for which the species is named. It seems the latter depends more on getting a good pairing. Many people have been underwhelmed with the initial Nepenthes robcantleyi hybrids due to lack of color, and so it seems that it is important to match it with a well colored mate. N. robcantleyi definitely does pass down its robust and vigorous growth habit.
This cross should develop to be a very large and colorful plant. N. glandulifera x veitchii have proven to be great robust plants and so I would expect this hybrid to be similar to that with better color! I keep this hybrid in my low maintenance set-up, a western facing windowsill without any shading so it regularly experiences temperatures of 120+ and very low (less that 20%) humidity. I consider this a great beginner plant and can’t wait to see it mature!
Nepenthes glandulifera x robcantleyi Care Notes:
- Very easy to car for, both parents are adaptable to a wide variety of conditions, so it is no surprise that this hybrid will take that one step further and will be faster and easier than both parents.
- Medium priced, probable a decent demand, but not a strict collectors plant.
- Time will tell with the variations on this cross, it is still a new cross. In time it will undoubtedly be very robust and spectacular.
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If you want to learn more about Nepenthes or other pitcher plants, and see pictures of these spectacular species in the wild, I highly recommend reading Pitcher Plants of the Old World Volume One and Pitcher Plants of the Old World Volume Two
by Stewart McPherson it is over 1000 pages about nepenthes and cephalotus.