Robert Cantley

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Robert Cantley is a conservationist and Managing Director of Borneo Exotics, a Sri Lankan-based plant nursery specialising in tissue-cultured and seed-grown Nepenthes species and hybrids.[1] Cantley has contributed to a number of papers on Nepenthes.[2][3][4] The species Nepenthes robcantleyi,[5] the natural hybrid Nepenthes × cantleyi and the cultivar Nepenthes 'Cantley's Red' are named after him.

Borneo Exotics[edit]

The Gold Medal-winning Borneo Exotics display at the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show

Borneo Exotics was established by Cantley and Diana Williams in 1997.[6] As of 2009, the nursery stocked more than 130 Nepenthes taxa, totalling over 180,000 plants annually.[6] In Pitcher Plants of the Old World, Stewart McPherson described it as "the world's foremost specialist producer of Nepenthes species".[6]

As of 2011, Borneo Exotics operated a number of growing facilities spread over two locations: lowland species were kept at a nursery in Moragahahena and highlanders in Lindula.[1] The company won a Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2006, 2007, 2010, and 2011, and a Silver Gilt Medal in 2005.[1][7][8] Borneo Exotics also won a silver medal and two other awards at the World Orchid Exhibition in 2011.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Fernando, H. 2011. Lanka’s Borneo Exotics blooms again at Chelsea Flower Show. The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka), May 29, 2011.
  2. ^ Cantley, R. 2000. "Nepenthes of the Philippines—part 1 & 2." (PDF).  Proceedings of the 3rd Conference of the International Carnivorous Plant Society: 9.
  3. ^ Rybka, V., R. Rybková & R. Cantley 2005. "Nepenthes argentii on Sibuyan Island." (PDF).  Carnivorous Plant Newsletter 34(2): 47–50.
  4. ^ Cantley, R., C.M. Clarke, J. Cokendolpher, B. Rice & A. Wistuba 2005. Nepenthes clipeata Survival Project. Carnivorous Plant Newsletter 34(4): 116–120.
  5. ^ Cheek, M. 2011. Nepenthes robcantleyi sp. nov. (Nepenthaceae) from Mindanao, Philippines. Nordic Journal of Botany 29(6): 677–681. doi:10.1111/j.1756-1051.2011.01449.x
  6. ^ a b c McPherson, S.R. 2009. Borneo Exotics. In: Pitcher Plants of the Old World. Volume 2. Redfern Natural History Productions, Poole. pp. 1294–1301.
  7. ^ Fernando, H. 2007. Borneo Exotics wins another gold at Chelsea. The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka), June 3, 2007.
  8. ^ Borneo Exotics strikes gold for the third time at Chelsea Flower Show. The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka), May 30, 2010.
  9. ^ Fernando, H. 2011. After Chelsea, Borneo Exotics wins awards in Singapore too. The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka), November 27, 2011.