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Nepenthes robcantleyi (Robert Cantley’s pitcher plant)

A pitcher plant from the Philippines, description of Nepenthes robcantleyi was based on plants known from only a single location, where the forest has since been cut down.
Pitcher of Nepenthes robcantleyi

Pitcher of Nepenthes robcantleyi (Photo: Robert Cantley)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Nepenthes robcantleyi Cheek

Common name: 

Robert Cantley’s pitcher plant

Conservation status: 

Critically Endangered (CR) according to IUCN Red List criteria.

Habitat: 

Submontane evergreen forest.

Key Uses: 

Cultivated as an ornamental by carnivorous plant enthusiasts.

Known hazards: 

Small mammals and reptiles may drown and then be digested if they fall into the large pitchers of this species.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Caryophyllanae
Order: 
Caryophyllales
Family: 
Nepenthaceae
Genus: Nepenthes

About this species

Nepenthes robcantleyi was described as a new species by Kew scientist Martin Cheek in 2011, after he was presented with material from a plant known as Nepenthes ‘Queen of Hearts’, which had been displayed at the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show. Cheek named the species in honour of Robert Cantley of Borneo Exotics, who first discovered it in the wild, grew plants to maturity from seed, and multiplied them for distribution and future re-introduction to the wild. A carnivorous plant, Nepenthes robcantleyi has large pitchers (about 30 cm long) that trap invertebrates and possibly small mammals and reptiles, which are then digested in the acidic fluid, providing nutrients for the plant.

Synonym: 

Previously referred to as Nepenthes ‘Queen of Hearts’.

Genus: 
Nepenthes

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