Founded in the late 90’s, Borneo Exotics specializes in micropropagation and has an incredible selection of carnivorous plants. Led by the legendary Rob Cantley, Borneo Exotics maintains a catalog of hundreds of Nepenthes species and hybrids, many of which are world firsts. Their motto is “Conservation through cultivation.” They maintain hundreds of clones of various species to maintain genetic diversity, even though it is very costly and labor intensive. All the while, they provide rare plants at great prices.
Borneo Exotics has made several noteworthy contributions to Nepenthes horticulture, most notably the discovery of the stunning Nepenthes robcantleyi. This species was rescued from several seeds collected at a site in Mindanao, Philippines, which was bulldozed shortly after collection. From these seeds, they produced hundreds of tissue-cultured and seed-grown N. robcantleyi that are in distribution today. Borneo Exotics has also reached other impressive horticultural milestones, such as producing Nepenthes burbidgeae from legally collected wild seed, and producing the stunning natural hybrid Nepenthes x alisaputrana, again from legally obtained material.
Borneo Exotics maintains an active resource page of their available plants, descriptions, and photos. Be sure to check it out!
Andreas Wistuba is a distinguished botanist who specializes in Heliamphora and Nepenthes. Andreas runs a nursery in Germany where he maintains an impressive number of Nepenthes and Heliamphora species in tissue culture–everything from the rarest and most desired, to the most obscure and underappreciated.
Andreas has introduced remarkable plants into cultivation. His creations include the monstrous Heliamphora “Godzilla,” which can push three feet tall, and Nepenthes hamata x edwardsiana, one of the first horticultural Nepenthes hybrids using two pure toothy parents.
Best Carnivorous Plants is a one-man operation run by Kamil Pasek who, like Christian Klein, is a passionate hobbyist. Based out of the Czech Republic, Best Carnivorous Plants offers an astoundingly extensive catalog of Nepenthes, Drosera, Heliamphora, Utricularia, and more. Kamil Pasek also regularly travels to carnivorous plant habitats around the world to source new material.
We love BCP’s plants. The forms of Nepenthes mollis from wild seed offered by Best Carnivorous Plants are turning out to be some of the most outstanding forms in cultivation of this already charismatic species. Their selection of Drosera and Utricularia, replete with location data and different forms, are a delight for the most dedicated and discerning collectors.
When it comes to Nepenthes horticulture, Japan can be relatively secretive and inaccessible. Yet, some of the world’s newest horticultural species and hybrids are bred there. Shinya Yamada is the gateway to Japanese Nepenthes, and he stocks thousands of plants at any given time with frequent updates and new introductions. Shinya Yamada’s greenhouse (also known as Y’s Exotics) is home to perhaps one of the most enviable Nepenthes, Nepenthes peltata “Yellow Phantom” – a N. peltata clone which produces yellow, basketball-shaped pitchers with vivid stripes on a dynamic peristome. He has bred N. peltata “Yellow Phantom” with other highly desirable plants such as Nepenthes villosa and Nepenthes lowii and has also horticulturally produced pure N. peltata. We are excited to be one of the few nurseries in the United States importing from Shinya Yamada!
Christian Klein is a hobbyist in Germany, who has achieved the remarkable feat of running a world-class nursery while having a day job as a landscape gardener. Christian Klein mainly offers hard-to-find seed-grown Nepenthes, Sarracenia divisions, and Venus Flytraps.
One of Christian Klein’s best contributions to Nepenthes horticulture is the creation of horticultural greges of Nepenthes veitchii. This includes N. veitchii “Murud striped” x “candy striped”, and N. veitchii “candy striped” x “candy striped.” Although striped N. veitchii have been in cultivation for a long time, N. veitchii with vivid colors and shapely pitchers were not truly accessible to most hobbyists. With the distribution of seed-grown plants from these greges, Christian Klein has opened the door for hobbyists to own one of the most exciting Nepenthes that are each beautiful, sustainably created, and genetically distinct.
Florae works with dozens of growers across the planet, and occasionally you will see plants from other growers.
Leilani Nepenthes: Leilani was tragically destroyed in a volcanic eruption in 2018, but some rooted cuttings from their creations will appear in our inventory.
Exotica Plants: While we don’t currently import from Exotica Plants, some of their plants are a part of our breeding collection. Occasionally you will see rooted cutting from some of their creations show up on our website, or hybrids made from one of our mature Exotica plants.
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