Heliamphora macdonaldae - Hortus Botanicus Leiden Clone
Heliamphora macdonaldae is endemic to Cerro Duida in Venezuela. It is closely related to H. tatei. The large green pitchers are heavily veined in red!
Intermediate/Highland conditions. 8o% and higher relative humidity. Very bright light. RO/Distilled water.
The genus Heliamphora is contains 23 or so species endemic to the Guiana Highlands of Venezuela. All species are endemic to isolated mountain ranges known as the Tepuis. These sandstone formations are also called the table mountains, and each one is isolated from the jungles below. The weather can be cold and rainy, but when the sun comes out the light is very strong.
Heli is from the Greek word helios, meaning “sun’, so they also go by the name sun pitcher plants, marsh pitcher plants or south American pitcher plants. They secrete sweet nectar which attracts prey, mainly small insects. The pitchers are covered in fine downward-facing hairs that direct prey deeper inside. These hairs make escape impossible. The insects tire and fall into the plant's digestive fluid. Enzymes break down and absorb the nutrients.
Heliamphora is mainly a highland plant. They prefer cool days around 75/83F and night time drops near 55-60F for success. The plants handle warmer temperatures quite well given the humidity is very high. Because they require a lot of light, many growers have great success indoors with LED and T5 grow lights. Moist, bright, and good airflow is key.
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A rare species with the most spectacular pitchers out of all Heliamphora! This is the only seed-grown variant circulating in cultivation and very hard to come by! Shipped potted. The image shows a mature pitcher on our mother plant. The secondary images show the divisions we are offering.