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Nepenthes reinwardtiana [Reinwardt's Pitcher-Plant]

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#1 Adrian


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Posted 15 May 2017 - 14:33

Davies, A. (2017) Nepenthes reinwardtiana Miq. (Nepenthaceae) Reinwardt's Pitcher-Plant. Plant photographed in ultraviolet and visible light. http://www.ultraviol...-reinwardtiana/


  • Nepenthes korthalsiana auct. non Miq.: Herb.Calc. ex Macfarl.
  • Nepenthes naquiyuddinii J.H.Adam & Hafiza
  • Nepenthes reinwardtii Hook
Nepenthes reinwardtiana is a carnivous plant, native to Borneo. One of it's main characteristic features are the two "eye spots", just discernible in visible light at the rear face of the pitcher. The spots lack the scales of the waxy zone of the rest of the pitcher. Their function remains a mystery. The image below shows the spots much exaggerated in UV, together with the peristome (the ring around the top of the pitcher).

1. Wikipedia (15 May 2017) Nepenthes reinwardtiana. Wikimedia Foundation, San Francisco, CA. https://en.wikipedia...s_reinwardtiana

Attached Image: N. reinwardtiana comp lo res.jpg

Nikon D300S full spectrum conversion, El Nikkor 105mm lens, with Baader U filter. Two Metz "full spectrum" converted flash guns. 1/160th @ f/8

Edit 2017.05.15: Formal structure added by Editor.

#2 nfoto

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 16:37

Very nice examples - kudos. I have documented similar appearance in UV of Sarracenia species, by the way. They were without the "eyes", though, but otherwise having lots of iridescent hairs and the shimmering ring around the opening into the flower..
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#3 Andrea B.

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 17:26

What a fascinating plant! Thank you for the addition.
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#4 Andy Perrin


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Posted 15 May 2017 - 17:43

It looks so friendly. :(

This was indeed very interesting. Nice photos!