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Genus: Nepenthes (pitcher plants)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Order: Caryophyllales > Family: Nepenthaceae

About 90 species. Insectivorous plants that are native to Madagascar, SE Asia and northern Australia. There are no native species in southern Africa but 11 species have been recorded as being cultivated in the region.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Nepenthes alata

Native from Malaysia to the Philippines.


Nepenthes albomarginata

Native to Malaysia and Indonesia.


Nepenthes burkei

Native to the Philippines.


Nepenthes fusca

Native to Borneo.


Nepenthes gracillima

Native to Malaysia.


Nepenthes hirsuta

Native to Borneo.


Nepenthes macfarlanei

Native to Malaysia.


Nepenthes maxima

Native to Indonesia and New Guinea.


Nepenthes merrilliana

Native to the Philippines.


Nepenthes mirabilis

Native from China to Australia.


Nepenthes sanguinea

Native to Malaysia.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.


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