Nepenthes ramispina‘s name is derived from the Latin word ramus, meaning branch, and spina, meaning spine or spur, calling attention to the branched spur on the backside of where the lid and peristome meet. Kind of like cowboy spurs, but less pokey. Our “branch spine” is a highland tropical pitcher plant, growing at altitudes between 2,950 – 6,560 ft (900-2000 m). It is endemic to Peninsular Malaysia, and calls the western Titiwanga Mountains of Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Selangor, Pahang, and Kelantan home. The plant mostly grows terrestrially, but will occasionally climb a tree as an epiphyte.
Nepenthes rampispina can be easily confused with N. gracillima, but deeper studies show that the two species are unique and distinguishable, particularly when you observe lower pitcher differences. The plant was formally described by Henry Nicholas Ridley in the 1909 Journal of the Federated Malay States Museum.