If you can keep lowland/intermediate nepenthes alive, you may want to try to keep an N. clipeata as a conservation effort of a cool plant. I grow two different clones of N. clipeata which both grow slowly in my conditions. I expect N. clipeata to be extinct in the wild in undetermined, but fairly short time.
Here is a write up on Andreas Wistuba's website, which was the source for my N. clipeata plants:
Due to a number of factors, N. clipeata now has a low probability of surviving in the wild. While the protection of wild populations of plants is most desirable, this is a case in which ex situ conservation appears to be the approach most likely to be successful and realistic.
An unknown number of strains/clones of this species are in cultivation worldwide. The Nepenthes clipeata Survival Project (NcSP), under the auspices of The International Carnivorous Plant Society, is under development. As part of the developing conservation strategy, a survey has been developed to attempt to determine how many distinct lineages of N. clipeata are presently in cultivation as well as to track the growth of tissue cultured clones. If you currently have this plant in cultivation, please submit your responses to the survey. This includes plants which you obtain from the Wistuba Nepenthes Nursery.[\quote]
I haven't had the greatest success rate growing lowland Nepenthes. I think the conditions I have here may be just a bit too cool over the winter. Because of this I would be hesitant to invest a lot into this although I certainly would be willing to give it a shot.
I checked and Wistuba has some available for 30 Euro (abt $39)+shipping etc. Maybe if enough people are interested someone could arrange a group order from Wistuba as has been done before in the past.
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I'm going to try clipeata this spring. It's too cool not to give it a shot. If my conditions prove to not be to it's liking, you may end up with a 3rd one Dave ! What clones do you have ? I'll try to find one you don't already have just in case.
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Great, I hope more NECPS members take up the cause.
I grow N. clipeata clones 3 and U. They seem to grow well for some people with temps in the 55F - 75F range. I grow mine in a temperature range of roughly 65F to 80F. I'd be glad to take it off your hands if it does not work out for you, but I suspect it will grow fine in your conditions.
I like the pitcher shape, the leaf shape, the colors, tendril length, etc. which make it a really cool lowland and somewhat unique to most other lowland nepenthes.
I have one on order over at DroseraGemmae. The told me that you can't let it dip below 50, but, more preferably, below 60, otherwise it will die due to cold stress. Apparently, it is more sensitive than other Neps.
I am glad you bought one. I would also advise people to keep it above 50F.
My personal experience with N. bicalcarata is that it can be very sensitive to quick changes in humidity and lower temperatures, while I have seen one thriving outside in FL when it has been in the 50s.
No, I did mean a certain large N. bicalcarata at a nursery north of Ft. Lauderdale in February. From everything I have read and experienced with my own N. bicalcarata, I would not have thought a bical could be happy with 50F temps as an ultra-lowland.
Yes, growing nepenthes outside, year-round would be great.
I posted it to illustrate that lowland nepenthes, like N. clipeata, can surprise you with the conditions they can endure which may be contrary to what you have previously heard or read. I would not have believed it if I had not seen it first-hand. That being said, I would still avoid keeping N. clipeata too cold.