Nepenthes x ventrata
Nepenthes x ventrata is a naturally occurring hybrid of N. ventricosa and N. alata. The name is a sly combination of “ventricosa” and “alata,” like “Brangelina” (RIP), but with Nepenthes. Our celebrity plant name was introduced to the world in a 1979 edition of the Carnivorous Plant Newsletter. Both parents hail from the Philippines, so naturally, this hybrid tropical pitcher plant can also be found in the Philippines. However, I’m willing to wager that there are significantly more of these plants outside the Philippines than in. It’s one of the most common Nepenthes species in collections due to being widely cloned and distributed via tissue culture. In fact, many nurseries and garden shops will stock these like they do orchids.
This plant is often mistaken for one of its parents, Nepenthes alata. Make sure to take a sharpie with you to your local nursery and correct all the name tags.