Nepenthes albomarginata looks like it’s going on a date, all dressed up with a classy white collar. The characteristic band of white under the peristome serves a unique purpose, though – and it’s not for attracting the ladies or gents. It also happens to be where the plant derives its epithet; albo is Latin for white, and marginata means margin. More on the form and function of this unique collar, below.
Nepenthes albomarginata can be found on the Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Sumatra, and Nias Island. There are a few forms of the plant, ranging from those with pale green pitchers to others with bright red pitchers. In fact the variety of pitcher color has resulted in 5+ taxa being described to keep track of all the different forms.
This tropical pitcher plant has been referred to under many prior names – N. albocincta, N. laevis, N. teymanniana, N. tomentella, and N. tupmanniana – all of which should be ignored, unlike the plant itself, which should be very much appreciated.