Nepenthes rafflesiana Jack

Raffles’ Pitcher Plant

Photo credit: Original from Descr. Pinus courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library - (provided by Missouri Botanical Garden) modified to provide labels.

Family: Nepenthaceae

Genus: Nepenthes

Category: Perennial

Zones: Houseplant


Found in wet, sandy areas. The pitchers have a neck where the lip goes to the lid which makes them look more open. They are 5" to 12" tall.


Native to Singapore, Borneo, Sumatra, Malaysia. Discovered by William Jack in 1819.

Published in Companion Bot. Mag. 1: 271 in 1835. Also Malayan Misc. App 1823: 21?

Listed in Desc. Pinus v.2 t.7 p.9 App in 1824: This is the largest and most magnificent species of the genus, being adorned with two kinds of urns, both elegant in their forms, and brilliant in their colouring. It was first discovered with the following species in the forests of Singapore by Sir T. Stamford Raffles, Lieut. Governor of Sumatra, when he established a British colony on that island in February 1819. To him therefore it is justly dedicated.


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