Nepenthes edwardsiana is the most prominent of the Nepenthes and known as the “splendid pitcher flower” for good reason. It combines the most beastly characteristics of a flanged, spikey peristome (second only to Nepenthes hamata when it comes to “viscous factor”).
With the handsome refinement of a cylindrical pitcher shape, fine ribbing and a beautiful red-orange coloration. It’s like a lion in a tuxedo – it will bite your face, but will do it with style. 😉
Nepenthes Edwardsiana main features
While the plant can tolerate temperatures beyond these suggestions, the Edwardsiana thrive with day temperatures 70-90 degrees F with night temperatures 45-55 degrees F.
Damage may result from long periods with night temperatures above 65-70 degrees F. Media should be mossy and well aerated with perlite or other porous additives.
- The stem can reach a length of 15 m and is up to 10 mm in diameter. Internodes are up to 35 cm long and circular in cross section.
- The leaves are coriaceous and petiolated. The lamina is truly lanceolate in shape (shaped like a spearhead) and can measure up to 30cm long by 7cm wide.
- It has an acute-obtuse apex that is occasionally acuminate (with gradually decreasing end points). The base of the lamina is gradually or abruptly contracted at the petiole (plant blade end by which the stem is attached).
- The petiole is canaliculate (channels and grooves) and up to 15 cm long. It is generally winged and bears a partly amplexicaul sheath that clasps the stem for two-thirds to three-quarters of its circumference, one to three longitudinal veins are present on either side of the midrib.
- Pinnate veins (leaflets inserted on either side of the petiole) are indistinct. Tendrils are generally between one and two times as long as the lamina and grow to 35 cm in length.
- The Edwardsiana base is bulbous to ovoid, with the pitcher cup becoming cylindrical in the upper two-thirds to three-quarters.
- The pitchers are some of the largest in the genus, sometimes exceeding 50 cm in height and 15 cm in width, although they are generally around 30 cm high.
- The inner surface of the pitcher is usually white, contrasting sharply with the rich coloration of the outer surface.
- Most parts of the pitcher are very flexible, including the peristome ribs, with only the piter base, where the digestive zone is located, being rigid.
Nepenthes Edwardsiana flower photos
Coming soon 😉
More exotic flowers.