Tom's Carnivores

Nepenthes (lowii × veitchii) × burbidgeae

Description & Care

When it comes to Nepenthes, my collection is predominantly species and primary hybrids (i.e. simple crosses). But for this one I’d happily make an exception - in the right conditions, it’s undoubtedly one of the most attractive plants in my collection.

The specimen that I grow was originally from Exotica Plants in Australia, and its full name was N. (lowii × veitchii) - red × burbidgeae. The grex was made sometime around 2016/2017, and I’ve had this plant since then. All three of the parent species grow in close proximity to one another in Borneo, so it’s possible that this cross existed in the wild at some point in the past. That fact, too, appeals to me about this particular hybrid.

I found this plant to be a very slow grower for the first few years I had it. It made a leaf or two per year and would occasionally deign to give me a pitcher. Much like N. lowii, however, it seemed to take off once it reached about 20cm in diamater. It now produces big, thick, glossy leaves reminiscent of N. lowii and very long-lasting pitchers with clear influence from all 3 parent species. The pitchers turn an incredible shade of red in good highland conditions.

How I Grow It

Media Long fibre sphagnum moss, perlite, and - optionally - orchid bark (2:1:1)
Water Damp but not wet
Light Very bright, diffused light
Fertilizer Maxsea or liquid orchid feed in the pitchers, every two weeks
Temperature 12°C (54°F) minimum year-round, with summer highs of ~ 30°C (86°F)
Humidity 70% during the day, rising to over 90% at night

Learn more about cultivation with my guide to growing Nepenthes.

Day & Night Temperatures

The parents involved in this complex hybrid are N. lowii (a highland species), N. veitchii (a widely distributed species), and N. burbidgeae (a highland species).

Complex hybrids often grow well in a wide variety of conditions, but based on its parentage, the hybrid N. (lowii x veitchii) x burbidgeae is likely to grow best at approximately 22 - 30°C (72 - 86°F) during the day, and 12 - 20°C (54 - 68°F) at night. This range is highlighted in purple above.

Where to Buy

Availability Only available as cuttings from the Exotica release, as far as I know. Very hard to find - a collectors item.
Borneo Exotics codes
  • Never offered by BE, though BE-3993 uses same component species
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