Nepenthes × trichocarpa

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Nepenthes × trichocarpa
Upper pitcher of N. × trichocarpa from Sumatra.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Nepenthaceae
Genus: Nepenthes
Species: N. × trichocarpa
Binomial name
Nepenthes × trichocarpa
Miq. (1858)
  • Nepenthes trichocarpa
    auct. non Miq.: Hort. ex Hort.Bednar in sched. (1993) [=N. distillatoria]

Nepenthes × trichocarpa (/nˈpɛnθz ˌtrɪkˈkɑːrpə/; from Greek: trikho- "hair, thread", and -carpus "fruit"), the Dainty Pitcher-Plant,[2] is a common natural hybrid involving N. ampullaria and N. gracilis. It was originally thought to be a distinct species and was described as such.

Nepenthes × trichocarpa from Borneo.

B. H. Danser included this plant in his 1928 monograph on the genus Nepenthes. He described the plant as a climbing stem cylindrical in cross-section, and pitchers of the rosettes shortly incurved from the tendril and ovate in form. Both lower and upper pitchers can be up to 8 cm tall, widest at 1/3 of the height, up to 4 cm wide, with two fringed wings over the whole length.

The colour of the pitchers ranges from green to spotted or striped with red or yellow, forming wonderful carpets on the forest floor and dainty upper pitchers scrambling up supporting shrubs and trees.

Nepenthes × trichocarpa is found throughout the lowlands of Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo, Singapore and Sumatra, usually in the company of its parent species, N. ampullaria and N. gracilis.[3][4][5][6][7] It has also been recorded from southern Thailand[8] and from smaller surrounding islands such as Natuna.[9]

Infraspecific taxa[edit]

  • Nepenthes trichocarpa var. erythrosticta Miq. (1861)


  1. ^ von Arx, B., J. Schlauer & M. Groves 2001. "CITES Carnivorous Plant Checklist." (PDF).  The Cromwell Press, United Kingdom.
  2. ^ Phillipps, A. & A. Lamb 1996. Pitcher-Plants of Borneo. Natural History Publications (Borneo), Kota Kinabalu.
  3. ^ Adam, J.H., C.C. Wilcock & M.D. Swaine 1989. Ecology and taxonomy of Bornean Nepenthes. University of Aberdeen Tropical Biology Newsletter 56: 2–4.
  4. ^ Adam, J.H., C.C. Wilcock & M.D. Swaine 1992. "The ecology and distribution of Bornean Nepenthes." (PDF).  Journal of Tropical Forest Science 5(1): 13–25.
  5. ^ McPherson, S.R. & A. Robinson 2012. Field Guide to the Pitcher Plants of Borneo. Redfern Natural History Productions, Poole.
  6. ^ McPherson, S.R. & A. Robinson 2012. Field Guide to the Pitcher Plants of Peninsular Malaysia and Indochina. Redfern Natural History Productions, Poole.
  7. ^ McPherson, S.R. & A. Robinson 2012. Field Guide to the Pitcher Plants of Sumatra and Java. Redfern Natural History Productions, Poole.
  8. ^ (Italian) Catalano, M. 2010. Nepenthes della Thailandia: Diario di viaggio. Prague.
  9. ^ (Indonesian) Mansur, M. 2012. Keanekaragaman jenis tumbuhan pemakan serangga dan laju fotosintesisnya di Pulau Natuna. [Diversity on insectivorous plants and its photosynthetic rate in Natuna Island.] Berita Biologi 11(1): 33–42. Abstract

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