Nepenthes sanguinea

The literal translation of sanguinea is “blood red” – a suiting name for a tropical pitcher plant with pitchers so deep red that they almost appear purple. Ironically, there’s also a completely green variety. Nepenthes sanguinea laughs in the face of your Latin naming conventions. This insectivore naturally grows at an altitude of 300-1800 meters above sea level in southern Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia. This means is spans lowland, intermediate, and highland Nepenthes territory. In short, it’s an adaptable plant, a hearty grower, and great for beginners looking to grow a handsome Nepenthes.

Unique biology of Nepenthes sanguinea

Trap characteristics

Nepenthes sanguinea pitchers vary from pure green, to blood red, all the way to a purplish brown. Pitcher interior is frequently pale green and speckled red. Peristome is thin-to-medium thickness and larger lower pitchers max out at about one foot (0.3 m) with prominent wings and an upturned lid. Upper pitchers lose wings, size and color, becoming funnel-shaped and yellow-green with red-striped peristome.

Other notable characteristics

Nepenthes sanguinea is a fast grower, and does great in large terrariums and greenhouses. Petioles stay relatively short and narrow keeping the plant compact. With time, the stem will vine.
Fun fact: In 1847 N. sanguinea was introduced into cultivation by Cornish plant hunter and botanist Thomas Lobb via Veitch Nurseries in Victorian Britain.

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