Heliamphora pulchella

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Heliamphora pulchella
H pulchella1.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Sarraceniaceae
Genus: Heliamphora
H. pulchella
Binomial name
Heliamphora pulchella
Heliamphora pulchella in cultivation.

Heliamphora pulchella (Latin: pulchellus = pretty) is a species of marsh pitcher plant endemic to the Chimanta Massif and surrounding tepuis in Venezuela. It is one of the smallest species and closely related to H. minor.

Infraspecific taxa[edit]

Two major variants of H. pulchella are known: the type variety, which bears conspicuous retentive hairs on the inner pitcher surface, and an incompletely diagnosed taxon from Amurí Tepui, which lacks these hairs.[2]


  1. ^ (in German) Wistuba, A., T. Carow, P. Harbarth, & J. Nerz (2005). Heliamphora pulchella, eine neue mit Heliamphora minor (Sarraceniaceae) verwandte Art aus der Chimanta Region in Venezuela. Das Taublatt 53(3): 42–50.
  2. ^ McPherson, S., A. Wistuba, A. Fleischmann & J. Nerz 2011. Sarraceniaceae of South America. Redfern Natural History Productions, Poole.

Further reading[edit]

  • (in Spanish) Brewer-Carías, C. (2012–2013). "Las plantas carnívoras de los tepuyes" (PDF). Río Verde 9: 73–88.
  • (in Spanish) Fleischmann, A. & J.R. Grande Allende (2012) ['2011']. Taxonomía de Heliamphora minor Gleason (Sarraceniaceae) del Auyán-tepui, incluyendo una nueva variedad. [Taxonomy of Heliamphora minor Gleason (Sarraceniaceae) from Auyán-tepui, including a new variety.] Acta Botánica Venezuelica 34(1): 1–11.
  • Hingst, M. (2014). Amuri tepui part I. CPUK Forum, 3 April 2014.
  • Hingst, M. (2014). Amuri tepui - Part II. CPUK Forum, 4 April 2014.
  • Hingst, M. (2014). Amuri Part III - in search for Heliamphora. CPUK Forum, 11 April 2014.
  • Hingst, M. (2014). Amuri Part IV - Heliamphora (uncinata, exappendiculata, pulchella 'black'). CPUK Forum, 12 April 2014.
  • McPherson, S. (2007). Pitcher Plants of the Americas. The McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company, Blacksburg, Virginia.
  • Nerz, J. (December 2004). Heliamphora elongata (Sarraceniaceae), a new species from Ilu-Tepui. Carnivorous Plant Newsletter 33(4): 111–116.
  • Nerz, J. & A. Wistuba (June 2006). Heliamphora exappendiculata, a clearly distinct species with unique characteristics. Carnivorous Plant Newsletter 35(2): 43–51.
  • Nogué, S., V. Rull, E. Montoya, O. Huber & T. Vegas-Vilarrúbia (October 2009). Paleoecology of the Guayana Highlands (northern South America): Holocene pollen record from the Eruoda-tepui, in the Chimantá massif. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 281(1–2): 165–173. doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2009.07.019
  • Rull, V. (2009). "Pantepui" (PDF). In: R.G. Gillespie & D.A. Clague (eds.) Encyclopedia of Islands. University of California Press, Berkeley. pp. 717–720.
  • Wistuba, A., T. Carow & P. Harbarth (September 2002). Heliamphora chimantensis, a new species of Heliamphora (Sarraceniaceae) from the ‘Macizo de Chimanta’ in the south of Venezuela. Carnivorous Plant Newsletter 31(3): 78–82.