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Nepenthes attenboroughii: The Local Pitcher Plant of Palawan

Updated on May 13, 2013

Looks can be deceiving

Nepenthes attenboroughii originated from the various species of pitcher plant in the genus of Nepenthes. It produces some of the largest pitchers in this genus which measured about 1.5 litres in volume and can trapped that exceeds 2 liters.

This endemic plant can only be found in Mount Victoria, Palawan discovered by the team of botanist and scientist just as Alastair S. Robinson, Stewart R. McPherson and Volker B. Heinrich in June 2007 after two months of research across the Philippine archipelago.

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Basic Information About N. attenboroughii

Scientific Classification

Class: Magnoliopsida

Order: Caryophyllales

Family: Nepenthaceae

Genus species: Nepenthes

Distribution: This species is known only from the summit area of Mount Victoria, Palawan, to which it is endemic. There, it grows among shrubs 0.8-1.8 m tall in relatively scattered populations of plants on rocky, ultramafic soil. It is not sympatric with other Nepenthes species.

Overall: Nepenthes attenboroughii is a terrestrial upright or scrambling shrub.

General Description: Nepenthes attenboroughii is a montane species of insectivorous pitcher plant. It is named after the celebrated broadcaster and naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, who is a keen enthusiast of the genus Nepenthes. The species is characterised by its large and distinctive bell-shaped lower and upper pitchers and narrow, upright lid. (Robinson et al, 2009)

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Fun Facts:

Named after the celebrated broadcaster and naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, who is a keen enthusiast of the genus Nepenthes.

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N. attenboroughii, a rat-eating plant only found in the Philippines.

N. attenboroughii, a rat-eating plant only found in the Philippines.
N. attenboroughii, a rat-eating plant only found in the Philippines.

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      JamesDWilson 5 years ago

      I used to collect carnivorous plants and had success with Sarracenia pitchers but could never grow Nepenthes species, couldn't get a high enough temperature and humidity to let them thrive.

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      Success_At_School 5 years ago

      Boy did I ever. These are some amazing plants!

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      Diana J. Limjoco 7 years ago from Puerto Princesa, Palawan

      Very cool lens. We live in Puerto Princesa and saw the regular type pitcher plant and I was excited about those but the rat eating ones are really cool.

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      GramaBarb 7 years ago from Vancouver

      I always learn something new when I read your lenses! This one is truly amazing. 5* and a tweet! A long time ago I tried to grow a specie of the pitcher-plant as a house plant. The poor thing died of starvation I think. :)

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      David Gardner 7 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Wow! Definitely a 5*! We'll have these weird plants covered with good info, right? Nice lens!

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      irenemaria 7 years ago from Sweden

      What design, such humor and insight. The creation is really amazing! 5* from me for your good work