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The meat-eating plant of the Philippines
Aristocrats of Mt. VictoriaClick thumbnail to view full-size
Plant that eats rats and insects
YES- there in the mountain fastnesses of Mount Victoria within the territorial boundaries of the town of Narra in central Palawan, Philippines thrives a rare carnivorous plant that eats rats and other insects.
The pitcher plant looks like a pitcher
It is a pitcher plant because it resembles one. It’s leakproof and can hold water, too. However, it’s cover is more complicated one than the real McCoy. Nature has made it so complicated that it let passage of thirsty rats and egg-laying mosquitoes, others, very easy but their exit very impossible.
How rats and other insects are eaten by the plant
There inside within the confines of the pitcher is stored water where the rat suffocates and drown. There mosquitoes and other insects satisfy their thirst and lay eggs but find themselves trap and covered within. Endowed by nature with acidic enzymes, the pitcher plant dissolves and digests its imprisoned prey.
The pitcher plants up Mt. Victoria are the world's largest
The variety found up Mount Victoria is among the world’s largest of pitcher plants and considered the largest meat-eating shrub. These plants have been seen first no less by the locals but there’s no record to substantiate. In the year 2000, two Christian missionaries spread the word after scaling Mt.Victoria that they’ve encountered these odd woodland aristocrats. This news fired the imagination of a team of botanist who climbed the same mountain in 2007 for the same purpose.
They baptize the plant after Sir David Attenborough
The team led by British experts Stewart McPherson and Alastair Robinson did encounter the plant. .
Mr McPherson, of Poole Dorset, said: “The plant produces spectacular traps which catch not only insects, but also rodents. …”
They baptized the plant Nepenthes attenboroughii, after the wildlife broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, 83, who was overjoyed upon knowing the honor. It’s a fact and known that Sir David work has inspired generations toward a better understanding of the beauty and diversity of the natural world.
The team, following a 3-year study of all 120 species of pitcher plants, decided to publish the details of their study and discovery in the Botanical Journal of Linnean Society early in 2009.
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