This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Still come new additions to the singularly curious and beautiful family of East Indian Pitcher plants. We gave last year an illustration of a remarkable one sent out by Messrs. Veitch & Sons, of Chelsea, London, named Rajah, and now we have another quite as remarkable from the same firm under the name of Nepenthes Northiana. Dr. Masters gives the following description of it:
"This is a noble addition to a genus already remarkable for the singularity and boldness of its characteristics. In the young living plant, the leaves are closely set, coriaceous, oblong-obovate, acute, tapering at the base into a short broad amplexicaul stalk. The pitchers borne on tendrillike extensions of the midrib are greenish red, flask-shaped, slightly distended at the base, elongated into a cylindrical neck, and with two membranous dentate-fimbriate wings. The mouth is very oblique, elongated towards the back, and surrounded by a narrow striated margin; the lid is cordate, roundish, depressed in the centre, red-spotted and smooth, with a short bifid spur at the base. The adult pitchers are twelve to sixteen inches in length, and three and a half to five inches in breadth, sub-coriaceous or membranous, crimson spotted, elongate, cylindric, and with two dentate-fimbriate wings. The shape of the pitchers varies; as in N. Rafflesiana, the upper pitchers, which swing unsupported in mid-air, are trumpet shaped, while those which rest on the ground are larger and more distended".