Short Data Nepenthes albomarginata T. Lobb ex Lindl.
Synonym:N. tomentella Miq. Distribution: Borneo, Sumatra, Peninsular Malaysia Altitudinal distribution: 0-1000 m Typical habitats: kerangas forest, summit vegetation on lower mountains, open vegetation on peat, limestone or sand Pitcher size: up to 15 cm high
An upper pitcher of N. albomarginata
A termite on the peristome of N. albomarginata. Termites seem to be the main diet of thes plant.
Typical for Nepenthes albomarginata is the white collar of velvety
hairs directly beneath the peristome. No other species shows this characteristic.
Pitchers can be up to 15 cm high, their texture is velvet-like due to very short hairs.
The colour usually is green, but there are also red, purple and black forms.
N. albomarginata is a food specialist: it feeds mainly on termites.
It is not known yet how it attracts them, but it seems to work quite effective:
older pitchers are usually filled with thousands of termites.
The plants can be found in kerangas (heath) forests on poor, sandy soil, in summit vegetation of lower mountains
or in open areas with peat, limestone or sand soil, from sea level up to 1000 m. It is
also distributed in Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia.