A true wild card! This complex cross could grow up into ANYTHING!
Two lottery tickets sown and traded to me by Joshua Ritts
Lynne Easton's gorgeous plant, which made me want a seedling from this grex!
So there I was just scrolling through Nepenthes groups on FaceBook when I saw one of the most uniquely gorgeous pitchers ever! Lynne Easton's pitcher plant has WILD curly wings, a wide yellow and red striped peristome around a lovely puckered pitcher opening, and just covered in gorgeous red mottling! I immediately started looking into this mysterious hybrid and discovered that it has a wildly complex heritage and a huge range of phenotypes in the seedset. This particular grex was hybridized by Nicholas LeBlanc. The seed parent was the vigorous and mysterious x splendiana (smilesii OR kampotiana x mirabilis), and the pollen parent was an eymae x ephippiata. Every clone seems to have its own unique and interesting characteristics in this grex!
From ICPS CP Photofinder by Trent Meeks: "The female plant used in making N. Splendiana by Bednar/Bramblett was either N. smilesii, or the true N. kampotiana"
Carson Trexler's "Pennywise", probably the most famous individual out of this grex!
Gorgeous undulating margins on maroon leaves with grotesquely warped pitchers, what more could you ask for?!
A decidedly tamer sibling! This Carlton Carnivores individual has subdued stripes, interesting pitcher shape, and beautiful light reds and yellows
Cyrus Exum's Clone A has a dramatic change between the newly opened pitcher and mature pitcher!
Cyrus Exum's GORGEOUS Clone A! I LOVE the color on this!
This clone has a curious upturned lid and lovely scalloped peristome
Cyrus Exum's Clone B has a much different pitcher shape! It is far more even in diameter and has a more folded back peristome
Clone B has a curious neck on the peristome - it bends forward quite a bit!
I obtained my seedlings in a trade (my very first Nepenthes trade!) with Joshua Ritts in September 2020. I am super excited to see what these grow up into! The range of phenotypes expressed in this grex is huge. I really like the mystery of having complex hybrid seedlings and we will see what happens over time! Mine are still very small, so anything can happen :)
Update November 2020 - First Pitchers!
Exciting wing development! Look how long the fingers are at the top near the peristome! Very cute tubby shape. Peristome has a few baby stripes!
Leaves are very wide and fuzzy! Maybe they will be wavy like maxima? Nice pitcher to leaf ratio!
MUCH redder and slimmer than Clone 1! Solid red peristome has almost a ribbed look to it. Red on the pitcher body is SUPER shiny!
Leaves are thinner, which a strong mid-rib and a leathery texture covered in sparse hairs. Like night and day!
Update December 2020
How are these siblings?!
I particularly love the tubby pitcher shape of this one :)
These two are growing FAST! Re-potted today and they were very rootbound!
Current Growing Conditions: Warm Intermediate Terrarium Light: ~170 PPFD or 9730 Lux under 4000K LED shoplights Humidity: ~90% night and 67% day Temperature: ~68F night and 85F day Water: Moist but not wet Potting Mix: 50% long fibered sphagnum 50% perlite Fertilizer: MaxSea (1/4 tsp/gallon) every other week into pitchers Additional Notes: The variation between these two is incredible! Both seem to respond very well to fertilizer and are VERY fast, vigorous growers!