In 2018, my travels took me to the Harau Valley in West Sumatra, a scenic region where tall sandstone cliffs rise dramatically out of the rice paddies below. After climbing up a pass onto onto the plateau, I suddenly found myself in the midst of a peat swamp forest. Surrounding me were the largest pitchers of Nepenthes ampullaria I had ever seen, their brightly coloured pitchers gleaming against the shadows of the humid, organic undergrowth. Entering the depths of the jungle, I weaved through tangled masses of vertical vines, adorned with bunches of pitchers suspended high in the air as the plants reached for the light of the canopy. I was particularly surprised at how waterlogged the soils were, with channels of water flowing between the low mounds of leaf litter N. ampullaria grew in.
Nepenthes ampullaria – Sumatra
- September 26, 2020
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