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Nepenthes boschiana
Lower pitcher of Nepenthes boschiana. Cultivated plant.
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Nepenthaceae
Genus: Nepenthes
Species: N. boschiana
Binomial name
Nepenthes boschiana
Korth. (1839)
Distribution of N. boschiana.
  • Nepenthes borneensis
    J.H.Adam & Wilcock (1989)
  • Nepenthes boschiana
    auct. non Korth.: Becc. (1878)
    [=N. maxima]
  • Nepenthes boschiana
    auct. non Korth.: Low (1848)
    [=N. boschiana/N. stenophylla]
  • Nepenthes boschiana
    auct. non Korth.: Macfarl. (1908)
    [=N. boschiana/N. stenophylla]
  • Nepenthes boschiana
    auct. non Korth.: Miq. (1860)
    [=N. boschiana/N. sumatrana]
  • Nepenthes maxima
    auct. non Reinw. ex Nees: Becc. (1886)
    [=N. boschiana/N. maxima/N. stenophylla/N. sumatrana]

Nepenthes boschiana (pronounced /nɨˈpɛnθiːz ˌbɒʃiˈɑːnə/, after Johannes van den Bosch), or Bosch's Pitcher-Plant,[1] is a tropical pitcher plant endemic to Borneo. It is most closely related to N. faizaliana. N. borneensis is considered a synonym of this species.[2]

N. boschiana has no known natural hybrids.[3] No valid forms or varieties have been described.[2]

B. H. Danser, in his 1928 monograph The Nepenthaceae of the Netherlands Indies, wrote the following:[1][4]

Korthals states the natives who accompanied him on Mt. Sakoembang gathered the not yet opened pitchers, as the water which they contained was a medicament against inflammation of the eyes, whereas others cut the opened pitchers as playthings for their children. He describes the habitat as sterile, open and stony. The vernacular name 'daoen sompitan' is translated by him as blow-pipe-leaf; according to dictionaries this is right.

Infraspecific taxa


  1. ^ a b Phillipps, A. & A. Lamb 1996. Pitcher-Plants of Borneo. Natural History Publications (Borneo), Kota Kinabalu.
  2. ^ a b Clarke, C.M. 1997. Nepenthes of Borneo. Natural History Publications (Borneo), Kota Kinabalu.
  3. ^ McPherson, S.R. 2009. Pitcher Plants of the Old World. Redfern Natural History Productions Ltd., Poole.
  4. ^ Danser, B.H. 1928. The Nepenthaceae of the Netherlands Indies. Bulletin de Jardin de Botanique, Buitenzorg, Série III, 9(3-4): 249-438.
  • Adam, J.H. & C.C. Wilcock 1989. A new Nepenthes from Gunong Besar, Kalimantan Selatan, Borneo. Gardens' Bulletin Singapore 42(1): 25–28.
  • Schnell, D., Catling, P., Folkerts, G., Frost, C., Gardner, R., et al. (2000). Nepenthes boschiana. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Listed as Endangered (EN B1+2e v2.3)


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