Heliamphora macdonaldae combines in-your-face features with more subtle characteristics, making it the most fascinating species of the genus. The large, sculptural pitchers boast a prominent deep red nectar spoon and a highly unusual, very pronounced inner veining. There is more to see when looking closely, such as a line of hairs along the pitcher rim, and drops of nectar under the lid and along the neck.

  • Origin: Cerro Duida, Venezuela ; Wistuba clone
  • Environment: terrarium placed close to a south-facing, blinded window
  • Temperature: from 10°C at night to 25°C during the day in the coldest months ; from 15°C to 32°C in the warmest months
  • Light: two 4000K 12W LED bars with reflector, located 50 cm above the plant, alight 12 hours a day ; occasional shaded sunlight in the morning from October to April
  • Soil: 2 parts milled pine bark, 1 part coarse quartz sand, 1 part perlite, live sphagnum moss topping, in a planter made of compacted tree fern roots
  • Watering: daily mistings of demineralized water on the sphagnum moss

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