With Genting Highlands located at about 6,000 feet above sea level, the forest at this altitude is called Montane-Ericaceous Forest. Other names would be Cloud Forest, Mossy Forest and Dwarf Forest.
During the day, temperature is between 20 – 23°C and it goes as low as 18°C at night. This weather with regular cloudiness, wind-swept conditions and high humidity offers a conducive climate for three different species of Nepenthes (pitcher plants / monkey cups / periuk kera). They are: N. macfarlanei, N. ramispina and N. sanguinea.
The daily low temperature in the highlands allows these species of Nepenthes to produce giant-sized pitchers of more than 12 inches long, as well as increase the rate of natural hybridisation among the species, resulting in an abundance of natural hybrids of pitchers of various shapes and sizes in vibrant colours.
All three species of Nepenthes are declared protected species in Peninsular Malaysia. N. macfarlanei and N. ramispina are rated as “vulnerable” in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (ICUN). It is a threatened species. Meanwhile, the conservation status for N. sanguinea is rated “conservation dependent”, which means, conservation efforts are needed for it.
In view of this, Resorts World Genting has collaborated with Treks Nature Enterprise to conserve in an organised and planned effort for these three species of Nepenthes and all their natural hybrids.
One of the steps taken is the establishment of Malaysia’s first Nepenthes Conservatory at Theme Park Hotel’s English Garden. The three core objectives of the conservatory, which encompasses the Display Wall, Mini Nursery and Information Centre, are:
1. To conserve the species and their hybrids
2. To educate and inform the public about the species and the efforts to conserve them
3. To organise interactive activities and events
Nonetheless, visitors to Genting Highland’s Resorts World Genting Awana Hotel can also learn about all these pitcher plants, thanks to the Nepenthes Display at Treks Awana outlet, which is effectively generating awareness among hotel guests and members of the public. The space is also used to promote various Nature Walks organised by Treks.
Image credit: Treks Nature Enterprise
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