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Description and Specifications
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Nepenthes robcantleyi Some time back we bred two of the only nine plants known in cultivation of this, one of the rarest of all Nepenthes. The area where seed that gave rise to the original nine plants was collected was devastated by logging activities in the late 1990s and Nepenthes robcantleyi is believed to be either critically endangered, or possibly even extinct in the wild. The female parent of this release has the cultivar name ‘Queen of Hearts’, and is very probably the most photographed Nepenthes in history, having appeared on many of our gold medal winning Chelsea Flower show exhibits. The male parent named ‘King of Spades’ is darker in overall colouration than the ‘Queen of Hearts’ and has green peristome wings. For some years we labelled these plants as a form of Nepenthes truncata, although there were clearly striking taxonomical differences between them and the existing published description of Nepenthes truncata. In December 2011 Nepenthes robcantleyi was described in the Noridic Journal of Botany as a distinct species in its own right by Dr. Martin Cheek, a taxonomist with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. The publication gives the history of this species in cultivation and the reason why the name Nepenthes robcantleyi was chosen. Some differences in pitcher colouration, morphology, plant vigour and size when mature, can be expected to appear between individuals, but so far we are seeing good uniformity amongst these plants which are all raised from a single grex of seeds. Small plants 5 - 8cm dia sent out ready potted .
I bought my Robcantlyi from Matthew about three years ago. I have repotted it in coconut husk ( well washed) and a small amount of peat.
In the last three months it has nearly doubled in size. It is kept on the shade at the bottom of the orchid house with 60% humidity and 22c in the day time. the latest pitcher is 3 inches long with several more developing. I give a light spray of weak orchid feed several times a week