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Heliamphora: The Sun Pitcher Plant
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The high plateaus of Brazil, Guyana and Venezuela are home to the 23 known species of genus Heliamphora, the only indigenous pitcher plant genus of South America. These flat-topped mountains, known as tepuis, rise thousands of feet above the warm savannas and tropical rainforests of the land below. The intense sunlight is tempered by extreme rainfall and cool mists. Frequent pounding rains wash away topsoil and the plants must anchor themselves in debris-filled rocky cracks and hollows. Daytime temperatures on the plateaus average between 8 to 20 Celsius (46 - 68 F) with nighttime lows of 5 - 10 C (40 - 50 F).
     In cultivation, simulating the tepuis environment can be challenging, due to the difficulty of simultaneously providing intense light, cool daytime temperatures and high humidity. Fortunately, Sun Pitchers have proven to be adaptable to less than optimum conditions and many growers are successfully cultivating the plants in terrariums or cool greenhouses. Live sphagnum moss or other long-fibered mosses are suitable media.