Nepenthes tentaculata

Nepenthes tentaculata

Nepenthes tentaculata is a highland species of pitcher plant native to Borneo and Sulawesi. The species is named for tentacle-like appendages emerging from the upper surface of the lid. In the lower pitchers, a set of narrow wings with long hairs runs down the sides. The pitcher opening is oblique and pinched along the vertical axis, a shape similar to the closely related N. hamata. The size of the pitchers is rather small, around 10 cm in height. I observed the species on the mid slops of Mt Kinabalu, in high canopied rainforest. The species always grows terrestrially, usually in mossy banks.

N. tentaculata on Mt Kinabalu. Note the tentacles on the lid.
Side view of a lower pitcher
Habitat on the understory of rainforest growing on a mossy bank
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