Nepenthes smilesii

 

Nepenthes smilesii

The pitchers of Nepenthes smilesii are a festival of maroon beauty. The plant holds them close to the leaf, like a rare treasured jewel clasped tight to one's chest. A dark rich maroon leads up over a slight waist at the pitcher's bottom and up the diminutive alatus. The peristome tops the display in a blood red which seems incandescent, a glowing highlight that frames the richness that lies below.

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Nepenthes smilesii

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