Nepenthes ventricosa blanco

Climber to at least 2 m tall. Stems winged, 0.4–1 cm diameter. Leaves without distinct petiole; lamina oblanceolate or narrowly oblong, 15–25 x 2–3 cm, apex acute, inconspicuously peltate, base tapered, clasping the stem for 2/3 its circumference, winged to the node below; longitudinal nerves 3–6 on each side of the midrib. Upper pitchers hour glass-shaped, 9–16 x 3–8 cm, basal half obliquely ellipsoid, apical half infundibuliform, up to 2x broad as basal portion, waist constriction central, 1/2–1/3 the width of the base or apex, fringed wings absent, reduced to ridges; outer surface uniformly cream-white or light green; mouth circular to shortly elliptic, horizontal or slightly oblique, straight; peristome red, broad, sub-cylindrical, 10–25 mm wide, ribs coarse, 1–2 mm apart, each protruding 3–4 mm, inner edge with short teeth; lid membranous, narrowly elliptic, 4–6 x 1.8–2.25 cm, apex rounded, base rounded, lower surface lacking appendages, nectar glands absent from a band c. 6 mm wide along the midline, pit-like or slightly bordered, mostly orbicular 0.4–0.5 mm diameter, less usually transversely elliptic, 0.8 mm long; spur flattened, 9 mm long, entire.

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pitcher plant
Nepenthes ventricosa
  • Leaves without a distinct petiole
  • Upper pitchers distinctly constricted at or near the middle part; peristome broad
  • Pitchers constricted at or near middle part
  • Peristome subcylindrical, 10-25 mm wide; pitchers creamish-white or light green, more strongly constricte; leaves with 3-4 pairs of lateral nerves
  • Nepenthes
  • Leaves with midrib extended into a long tendril with the distal part forming into a cup or pitcher-like structures
  • Angiosperms
  • Plants producing true flowers and fruits for sexual reproduction