Nepenthes paniculata

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Nepenthes paniculata
Nepenthes paniculata lower pitcher.jpg
Nepenthes paniculata upper pitcher.jpg
Lower (top) and upper pitchers from the Doorman Massif, New Guinea
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Nepenthaceae
Genus: Nepenthes
Species: N. paniculata
Binomial name
Nepenthes paniculata
Danser (1928)[2]

Nepenthes paniculata (/nɪˈpɛnθz ˌpænɪkjuːˈlɑːtə/; from Latin: panicula "panicle") is a tropical pitcher plant belonging to the genus Nepenthes.

Nepenthes paniculata is probably endemic to Mount Doorman Top in New Guinea (03°28′01″S 138°26′59″E / 3.46694°S 138.44972°E / -3.46694; 138.44972). It has been recorded from mossy forest on a ridge top at 1,460 m altitude.[1][3][4]

No forms or varieties of this species have been described. It may form natural hybrids with N. papuana.[5]

In 1994, A. Wistuba, H. Rischer, B. Baumgartl, and B. Kistler explored Doorman Top in search of N. paniculata but found no Nepenthes other than N. lamii (then known as N. vieillardii) and N. maxima.[6] However, they climbed a different slope to the one from which N. paniculata was originally collected.[6]

In August 2013, the species was rediscovered by a team consisting of Holger Gossner, Thomas Gronemeyer, David Marwinski, Stewart McPherson, Marius Micheler, Joachim Nerz, Andreas Wistuba, and Urs Zimmermann.[7][8][9][5] This expedition was the first to document the lower pitchers, which resemble those of N. merrilliana and related species from the Philippines.[10]


  1. ^ a b Robinson, A.S.; Clarke, C.M.; Lee, C. (2014). "Nepenthes paniculata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2014: e.T39684A21844558. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-1.RLTS.T39684A21844558.en. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Danser, B.H. 1928. 33. Nepenthes paniculata Dans., spec. nova.. [pp. 344–346] In: The Nepenthaceae of the Netherlands Indies. Bulletin du Jardin Botanique de Buitenzorg, Série III, 9(3–4): 249–438.
  3. ^ McPherson, S.R. 2009. Pitcher Plants of the Old World. 2 volumes. Redfern Natural History Productions, Poole.
  4. ^ McPherson, S.R. & A. Robinson 2012. Field Guide to the Pitcher Plants of Australia and New Guinea. Redfern Natural History Productions, Poole.
  5. ^ a b Rediscovery of Nepenthes paniculata. [video] Redfern Natural History Productions.
  6. ^ a b Wistuba, A. 1994. Re: Nepenthes-discussion. Carnivorous Plant Mailing List, September 15, 1994.
  7. ^ (in German) Marwinski, D. 2014. Eine Expedition nach West-Papua oder auf den Spuren von Nepenthes paniculata. Das Taublatt 78: 11–44.
  8. ^ Mey, F.S. 2013. Time to cebrate: the mysterious Nepenthes paniculata has been relocated!!! Strange Fruits: A Garden's Chronicle, August 12, 2013.
  9. ^ Mey, F.S. 2014. A short visit to Papua, video by Alastair Robinson and Davide Baj. Strange Fruits: A Garden's Chronicle, February 25, 2014.
  10. ^ Mey, F.S. 2013. What would be the concept of Nepenthes paniculata? Strange Fruits: A Garden's Chronicle, August 18, 2013.

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