Sunbelle Exotics, Inc.

Specializing in Nepenthes and Sarracenia


N. treubiana

In spring of 2005 at Mounts Botanical Garden, we had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Ken Marks, a nature and photography enthusiast.  Ken had just returned from a diving expedition to Raja Ampat, a group of islands off the west coast of West Papua (formerly Irian Jaya). 

These islands are not totally explored and are home to many exotic plants and animals, but they are most famous for their exquisite coral reefs unlike any others in the world.  The coral reefs of the Raja Ampat region are one of the most species diverse reefs in the world, especially corals and mollusks.  Because they are sitting practically on the equator, shadows cast by the cliffs do not change with the almost non existent seasons, allowing deep water species to grow in the cool shadows side by side with shallow water species living in the full sun.  The fish life is incredible. 

Recent ventures on to these islands has resulted in the discovery of new plant species.  Human habitation is minimal on some of the islands and eco systems are truly undisturbed.  Among the many exotic plants are undescribed species of Nepenthes, orchids, ferns, and palms.

Ken told us about seeing Nepenthes growing on cliffs overhanging the sea.  We were intrigued and asked him further questions about the fantastic Nepenthes that he saw.  He offered to show us photos that he took and he gave us permission to share them.  When we saw the plants in his wonderful shots, we confirmed our suspicions that the Nepenthes were N. treubiana, a species not in cultivation. 

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Karst limestone cliffs off the east coast of Misool (one of the four big islands of the Raja Ampat group) are the native habitat to N. treubiana

A large female N. treubiana with seed pods growing on the limestone cliff.

N. treubiana upper pitchers

Another large female clinging to nearly vertical cliffs

Look closely for the Nepenthes hanging on the sheer vertical cliffs

What a shame this species isn't yet in cultivation. Here is the lower trap.

The photo on the right is a peice of N. treubiana picked off the vine from the boat for use as a table decoration/ center piece. These vines often drape within a couple of meters of the ocean.