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Nepenthes Gracilis

Nepenthes Gracilis
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-29
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron AF 70-300mm Tele-Macro ( 1:2)
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Karatash's other favorite -II- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-06-30 2:58
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During my holiday, i climbed the highest peak in Kedah, Malaysia i.e Gunung Jerai.
In the forest up there I saw a few pitcher plants.
this is what I saw.
Nepenthes gracilis (pronounced /nɨˈpɛnθiːz ˈɡrsɨlɪs/, from Latin: gracilis "slender"), or the Slender Pitcher-Plant, is a very common lowland pitcher plant that is widespread in the Sunda region. It has been recorded from Borneo, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, central Sulawesi, Sumatra, and southernmost Thailand. The species has a wide altitudinal distribution of 01700 m above sea level, although most populations are found below 100 m and plants are rare above 1000 m.

The pitchers of N. gracilis are relatively unremarkable with a very thin peristome and no unusual morphological features. Despite being a widespread plant, natural hybrids between N. gracilis and other species are quite rare.

Nepenthes gracilis was formally described by Pieter Willem Korthals in his 1839 monograph, "Over het geslacht Nepenthes".
In 2001, Charles Clarke performed a cladistic analysis of the Nepenthes species of Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia using 70 morphological characteristics of each taxon. The following is a portion of the resultant cladogram, showing part of "Clade 6". The sister pair of N. angasanensis and N. mikei has 79% support.

Ref : wikipedia

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Hi Foozi,

this is a very lovely flower and a great macro shot of the same! Very sharp details and bright colours. Nice DoF too!

Very well done!


Good morning Foozi,

This may be a very common pitcher plant, nevertheless, I have only seen pitcher plants at specialist nurseries in the UK. The opening looks so seductive that I am not at all surprised that insects are lured to their deaths in order to satisfy this carnivore!

I love the way that the pitcher is hanging by a tendril which indicates that it might be a climber?

Wonderful colours and sharpness. Thank you so much for showing me the beauty of this plant in the wild.

Greetings, Amelia

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-06-30 3:24]

Salam Foozi,
An interesting plants: Nepenthes gracilis ...
Composition, sharp detail and color are excellent.
Best wishes,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-06-30 4:12]

Beautiful species captured with fine composition and colors. excellent image, no doubt. tfs.

Hellow Foozi,
First time ive seen this beautifully captured pitcher plant, very unique and very well presented.Was it a high climb? A stunning two layered image created through your shallow DOF.
PS.Did you see my posting for you" reflections for Foozi"

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-06-30 4:28]

Hello Foozi,
Very well photographed your Slender Pitcher-Plant! And not in a Botanical garden..
Excellent sharpness, lovely natural colors and well chosen framing. A perfect picture indeed.
Kind regards

indeed gracilis (graceful), greetings Ori

Ciao Foozi. TFS this unknown- to me- specie. Perfect DOF razor details so like the sharp. Magnificente lightning vertical compo.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-06-30 5:21]

Hello Foozi.
Very interresting plant and wonderful shot.I liked colors,BG and composition very much.Thanks for sharing.Best regards Siggi

The best Pitcher Plant picture I have ever seen, Foozi.
From this POV, the shape of the 'pitcher' looks the most artistic. The colour scheme on the subject is beautiful.
This is the kind of masterpiece picture that makes TN a great place.
Well done and regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-06-30 6:53]

Hello Foozi,
A beautiful pitcher plant well portrayed to show the pitcher from a great POV with superb sharpness and colours against a fine neutral BG.
We saw several near the top of Penang Hill some years ago, but none as striking as this one.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-06-30 6:55]

Hello Foozi,
I love Pitcher plants and this one is gorgeous!! Fantastic close capture too showing excellent sharpness and lovely colours. Beautiful light and a very nice background too!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Foozi,
poor flies which fall inside this flower ...
But the flower itself is very pretty and realy an interesting plant. I have seen it in tropical houses, you can even buy it here to keep it inside the house, but these plants don't like to be inside and die after a few weeks. Thanks, excellent shot
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Foozi,

The subject is well framed. The macro point of view is showing with precision the details and colors of the Slender Pitcher-Plant. The late morning light is bringing out the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.


Ciao Foozi, great macro of lovely flower, beautiful blurry BG, fine details, splendid sharpness, wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-30 8:28]

Hello Foozi,
Excellent photo of this pitcher plant. The colours are so beautiful. And against this OOF BG is even splendid. Great sharpness, details, DOF and composition.

Hola Foozi

Que fantastica imagen de esta planta carnivora con esos colores rojos aterciopelados, cuanlquier insecto cae prendada de su belleza y muere finalmente.

Perfecta nitidez y original planta.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hi Foozi,

You have captured the beautiful cooors of this interesting plant very well. I like the pink tones of the body especially. Nice sharpness and background too. Thanks Ali.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-06-30 12:34]

No comment my friend..the pic no need one..just a great standing ovation for this top class work,Thanks for share,have a nice time,Luciano.

Hello Foozi,

also an very nice image.
Good pov, details and exellent sharpness.
Fine colours.
Your picture are getting better and better.


Excelente encuadre y un gran equilibrio del conjunto. Buen enfoque y bien plasmados los colores. en general, un buen control de la luz. Es una de esas tomas especiales que no pasan desapercibidas !!
Un abrazo Foozi: Josep Ignasi.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-06-30 15:51]

Hello Foozi,
What a beautiful and incredible flower with wonderful colors and impressive sharp details.TFS.
Best regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-06-30 21:53]

Hi Foozi.
What an amazing subject and brilliant reproduction of this charming plant. DOF and details of the main subject are simply stunning as well as wonderful and attractively illuminated and coloured BG. Bravo. Great work at all respects. My congratulations.

Hallo Foozi,
what a wonderful macro shot, superb sharpness and lighting, marvellous colours, excellent POV, DOF and composition.
Best regards

Salam Foozy
For the first time, this very complete and valuable information along with beautiful photo I saw . This Image is very exciting and spectacular .
best regards

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2010-07-01 8:12]

Ya Foozi,
Assalamualia kum,

In school days I read about and few weeks back a friend of mine told about this plant, but not seen in this region. Well captured, beautiful colours and perfect composition with sharpness, nice shot.
TFS, regards.


Another SUPERB piece of art.
Bravos are in order.
Your notes are truly extra-ordinarily educative.
Am soooo happy I ran into you; great teacher!!!
Mario from Canada with greetings.

Hello Foozi
congratulations for the wonderful photos, great POV, sharpness and contrast.
Beautiful natural colors
Thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

Hi Foozi,
Wonderful image taken with great sharp details, lovely colors, very good light, composition and POV. Well done!

Hi Foozi,
I know this plant but Ive never seen it into his Habitat. Great captured! The natural colours and the sharpness are fantastic!

Very well done! Thanks!

Hello Foozi
i like very much this strange flower, very special shape, but nice colors
excellent sharpness and great pesentation
a wonderful capture
Have a good night

Bonjour Foozi
L'allure, les couleurs, et la qualit de ta photo, sont extraordinaires...
Bravo et merci amicalement

Hallo Foozi
This is absolutely beautiful. This plant reminds me of many things a few being a water jug with its lid, a Christmas stocking waiting to be filled and then a shofar that needs to be blown. But it is not one of those things but a most beautiful and most fascinating flower which is worthy of a lot of praises and adoration. You stun me time and time again with the interesting subjects you share and that is why I like Trek Nature so much, as I learn and come across things I never thought in my wildest dreams ever existed. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2010-07-05 19:42]

Hi Foozi,
It is one of the rare image I have seen here. Really a fascinating plant, beautiful and yet interesting, Good light, beautiful colors, good sharpness and lovely composition. enjoyed it much.

Hi Foozi
beautiful macro photography of this tropical flower.
Perfect color and technique, very good!


Very sharp and well-composed macro capture of this carnivorous beauty Foozi.
The colors are gorgeous and the background bokeh provides excellent separation. This looks almost like a painting, mother nature's.
TFS and have a great day MF!


Hi MF Foozi,

I don't know how I missed this superb shot. No need to mention any technical points: this photo's excellent in every way. Huge congratulations, bravo bravissimo MF! Although I like and respect your work very much, for me this photo isn't only the best of you, but one of the 10 best images on the whole TN. I've heard a lot about this plant before, but never saw such a high quality photo of it. Breathtaking image.

Friendly regards, have a nice sunday, Lszl

Hi Foozi,
What a great find, I really like the amazing colours and texture of this beautiful picture plant. This and all of your contributions are so well done. You set the bar really high for newbies like me.
Keep them coming.

Salam Foozi.
This monkey pot is hard to find. You have captured the image in perfect tone and details. The background contrasting well making the image pops like a 3D presentation.
Thanks for sharing and kind regards - Jusni

salam akhi Foozi
I missed this post. Now I saw it among random trio in your main page. it is really excellent macro shot and belongs to beautiful and famous Nepenthes flower. sharp details, exposure and light using wonderful. coloration and POV/DOF also superb. nicely presented.
I have only seen this group plant in botanical garden. not in nature yet. thanks for sharing us this beauty.
best regards


A well composed pic that shows excellent lighting, colour, POV, DOF, BG and contrast.

Hi Foozi,
Superb shot of Nephentes gracilis, very interesting species
TFS, best regards

Hellow Foozi,
Excellent photo of this beautiful flower!!! Very good sharp, colours and light.
Best regards, Joo Edgar

Hello Foozi,

You're capturing well this plant by a good composition and very excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see Nepenthes gracilis with graceful shape and attractive color. The whole is managed well by beautiful color combination.

Kind regards,

Hello Foozi-When I was student I read a lot about this pitchers Pant,but didn't see in its natural habitat.Well captured with stunning colour and sharpness.Very good details too.Thanks for sharing such splendid species.Regards and have a nice time-Srikumar

Hi Foozi ..What a shot!!!!! best regards ,....AG

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