Heliamphora heterodoxa

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Heliamphora heterodoxa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Sarraceniaceae
Genus: Heliamphora
Species: H. heterodoxa
Binomial name
Heliamphora heterodoxa
Steyerm. (1951)[1]

Heliamphora heterodoxa (Greek: heteros = other, doxa = opinion, belief) is a species of marsh pitcher plant native to Gran Sabana and the plateau of Ptari Tepui in Venezuela. It was first discovered in 1951 upon Ptari Tepui. This Heliamphora is closely related to H. glabra and the latter was for a long time considered a form of H. heterodoxa. It is one of four Heliamphora taxa formally described by Julian A. Steyermark.[2]

Heliamphora heterodoxa can tolerate higher temperatures, due to its mainly lowland origins. The plant grows vigorously and exhibits a large, overhanging nectar spoon.

Infraspecific taxa[edit]

  • Heliamphora heterodoxa var. exappendiculata Maguire & Steyerm. (1978) [=H. exappendiculata]
  • Heliamphora heterodoxa var. exappendiculata f. glabella Steyerm. (1984) [=H. minor]
  • Heliamphora heterodoxa var. glabra Maguire (1978) [=H. glabra]
  • Heliamphora heterodoxa f. glabra (Maguire) Steyerm. (1984) [=H. glabra]


  1. ^ Steyermark, J.A. et al. (May 18, 1951). Sarraceniaceae. [pp. 239–242] In: Contributions to the flora of Venezuela. Botanical exploration in Venezuela - 1. Fieldiana: Botany 28(1): 1–242.
  2. ^ Taylor, M.S. (1989). Plant taxa described by Julian A. Steyermark. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 76(3): 652–780. doi:10.2307/2399648

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