Nepenthes pervillei is a pitcher plant native to the Seychelles. It is a climbing plant that can sprawl to seven metres along the ground or in the trees as a vine (4). The leathery, green leaves are broad at the base, and tapering to their tip; they form rosettes (5) along the reddish-brown stems of the plant (2). The middle vein (or ‘midrib’) of each leaf extends beyond the main portion of the leaf and forms either a tendril or develops into a pitcher (2). The mature pitchers are goblet-shaped flasks that can be up to 21 cm long (2). They vary in colour from red, green, yellow or orange and are topped by a circular lid (2). Brownish-cream flowers are borne on loose clusters (5) on branching inflorescences that can be up to 40 cm long (2). Fertilised female flowers develop into the club-shaped seed capsules (5). As the capsules dry out, the valves separate, allowing the seeds within to be dispersed by the wind (4).
- Pitcher length: up to 21 cm (2)
- Leaf length: up to 25 cm (2)