Species Profile

Species Nepenthes lowii
Common Name
Family Nepenthaceae
Order Nepenthales
Distribution Borneo.
Habitat Occurs in mossy forest where it grows as an eipiphyte (very rarely terrestrial). Elevation 1600-2400 m.
Description  The thick and woody upper pitchers are hourglass-shaped, being swollen in the lower half to form a chamber, narrowed in the middle, and flaring towards the mouth. The peristome is reduced to indistinct ridges. The lid is reflexed to a vertical position and is covered underneath with long filamentous bristles. The lower pitchers are tubular in shape and have a wide toothed peristome.
Notes  The remarkable gourd-like pitchers make this species one of the most admired of the pitcher plants. It can only be confused by the closely-related N. ephippiata though these two species do not overlap in range. Observations indicate that the pitchers of this species accumulate animal dung rather than insect prey. It is possible that the sweet secretions on the underside of the lid attract small mammals which occasionally leave their scat in the mouth of the pitcher.
Conservation Status  Vulnerable
References  Hook. f., Trans. Linn. Soc. 22 (1859) 420.
# cld10111002
Sarawak, Malaysia

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