Nepenthes rafflesiana “Nivea” BE 3141


Nepenthes rafflesiana is a classic lowland species found across Borneo, Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia. The upper pitchers are very different in form from the lower pitchers, and within the species itself, there is a great deal of variability in the size morphology and coloration of pitchers, even across individuals within the same colony of plants. It hybridizes regularly in habitat with nearby species, including N. gracilis, N. ampullaria, N. bicalcarata and various forms of N. mirabilis, to name but a few. In any colony of Nepenthes rafflesiana, it’s common to find hybrids, unless it’s very geographically isolated from other species. Therefore, it’s unlikely that there is any such thing as “pure” Nepenthes rafflesiana, which may explain the wide range of variability observed in habitat.
Disclaimer: The description of the coloration as ‘nivea’ is is given in good faith, based upon unverified BE nursery records from 20 years ago as well as observations of small plants (Feb 2022).
Originally BE-3141 was a random selection form three different clones but, subsequently it has been reduced to one clone with BE variety ID# 0430-1.

From a single carefully selected clone out of microprop.

Plants are potted in a 4 inch pot filled with long fiber sphagnum moss plus perlite.


Nepenthes rafflesiana “Nivea” BE 3141

Climate: Lowland

Tropical Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes sp.) Care

  • Best to use only pure water – rainwater, distilled water or RO water. Be careful of bottled water as some contain salt which will kill your Tropical Pitcher plant
  • Keep a small amount of pure water in each trap. Mist plants regularly.
  • Keep soil moist; but well drained at all times. Do Not let your Nepenthes sit in water
  • Nepenthes like partial sunny location. They grow well on windowsills or under fluorescent lights in a terrarium.
  • Soil is mixture 3 parts long fiber sphagnum with 1 part perlite or 1 part fine orchid bark.
  • Fertilize Nepenthes with foliar fertilizer. ¼ tsp of Maxsea per gallon of water, 2 times a month
  • Nepenthes like to grow warm:  Ideal range for lowland Nepenthes is 75 to 90 degrees with high humidity.

Note: Pitchers will change in color and shape as they mature. Often there are also several different clones in our mix, so the pitchers may vary slightly for this reason as well.

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