| Nepenthes longiptera Victoriano|
in Victoriano,. 2021.
A new species of Nepenthes (Nepenthaceae) from Aceh Province, Indonesia, Nepenthes longiptera Victoriano is herein described and illustrated. The species is unique among all other Nepenthes in Sumatra by the presence of wings on its upper pitchers. Comprehensive description, photographs, geographical distribution and preliminary IUCN conservation assessment are provided for the new species. Hybrids of this new taxon with other species are also reported in this paper.
Keywords: Nepenthes, carnivorous plant, Aceh, Sumatra, new species
|Nepenthes longiptera Victoriano spec. nov. |
Vining plant with upper pitcher in locus classicus.
Nepenthes longiptera Victoriano
Nepenthes longiptera is similar to N. tobaica but differs in having larger habit, with well developed upper pitcher wings (N. tobaica: reduced to ribs); rhomboid stem in cross-section (N. tobaica: obtusely triangular); and the presence of an appendage under the lid (N. tobaica: absent).
Etymology. From Latin longus means long and Latinised Greek pteron means wing; referring to the presence of a relatively long pair of wings of the upper pitchers, it runs down from below the peristome to the apex of the tendril. It is resembling the fins of Long-Finned Prickleback fish, Xenolumpenus longipterus Shinohara & Yabe
Nepenthes longiptera is a new species from Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia. It is similar to N. tobaica but differs in having larger habit, with well developed wings on upper pitcher (N. tobaica: reduced to ribs); rhomboid stem in cross-section (N. tobaica: obtusely triangular); and the presence of an appendage under the lid (N. tobaica: absent). This new species is probably endemic to Aceh province and only known from Nagan Raya and Central Aceh Regency. It has several putative natural hybrids with other Sumatran species which are never been recorded in Aceh before. Some Acehense species such as N. lavicola, N. mikei and N. tobaica are abundant in highland forests but these species had been recorded with no hybrid with other species in this area (McPherson, 2009).
Malcolm Victoriano. 2021. A New Species of Nepenthes (Nepenthaceae) and Its Natural Hybrids from Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia. Reinwardtia. 20(1); 17-26. DOI: 10.14203/reinwardtia.v20i1.3932