About the Nepenthes Ampullaria

The Nepenthes Ampullaria is an odd little pitcher plant that has been reported to be used as a home to multiple species of crab, including the Geosesarma Malayanum and Geosesarma Perracae crabs. Check out this great PDF from the Nature in Singapore website, for a detailed report: http://rmbr.nus.edu.sg/nis/bulletin2008/2008nis201-205.pdf

I think this plant might be more suitable to the paludarium environment than most carnivorous plants. I seems to be from the same swampy areas the crabs like, and from information found on wikipedia, the plants have developed the ability to digest fallen leaf litter and use slowly acquired nutrients.

Nepenthes ampullaria generally grows in damp, shady forest from sea-level to 2100 m altitude.[2] In Borneo, it occurs usually on relatively flat terrain in kerangas forest, peat swamp forest, and degraded swamp forest, at elevations of 0 to 1000 m.[3]
In Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia, it grows from sea-level to 1100 m altitude on flat terrain in heath forest, padang (meaning “field” in Malay), belukar, peat swamp forest, degraded swamp forest, and in padi fields.[4]
In New Guinea, it is predominantly present in Araucaria forests. The species has also been recorded from secondary forests, open microphyllous vegetation, and swamp grassland.[2]


And lucky for me, it looks like PredatoryPlants.com has them in stock! I’m going to have to try one out.

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