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Exotic Plant Pictures: Carnivorous Pitcher Plants in Padawan, Borneo

Updated on February 4, 2015
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Carnivorous Tropical Plants


Pitcher plants are carnivorous plants that feed on insects that fall into their open pitcher cups. The digestive juice and slippery walls of the pitchers make it difficult for the insects to climb out once they fall in. Pitcher plants are also called monkey cups because monkeys have been seen drinking rainwater from these plants.

Majority of the world's exotic pitcher plants are found in the tropical countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Pitcher plants thrive well in bright indirect sunlight and much needed humidity. Daytime temperatures should ideally be 20° to 35°C.

On the island of Borneo, a place that is famous for its orangutan habitat rainforests where most of the world's endangered orangutans are, there is a small town called Kota Padawan in East Malaysia. There, I came across a huge collection of pitcher plants on display at the Pitcher Plant Garden which is run by the local council. Most of the plants on display are native Borneo rainforest plants. They were collected from the jungles and rainforests of Borneo or donated by pitcher plant collectors. Visitors will enjoy a relaxing stroll through the garden and view some impressive collections of pitcher plants. A must-visit place for carnivorous plant collectors.


Island of Borneo

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A cluster of pitchers - Nepenthes ampullariaNepenthes albomarginataNepenthes BicalcarataMonkey cups hanging on the rim of the pot like cups on a punchbowl.Nepenthes bicalcarataNepenthes plants with pitchers hanging on the side of the ceramic pots.Beautiful colour of nepenthes longifolia
A cluster of pitchers - Nepenthes ampullaria
A cluster of pitchers - Nepenthes ampullaria | Source
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Nepenthes albomarginata
Nepenthes albomarginata | Source
Nepenthes Bicalcarata
Nepenthes Bicalcarata | Source
Monkey cups hanging on the rim of the pot like cups on a punchbowl.
Monkey cups hanging on the rim of the pot like cups on a punchbowl. | Source
Nepenthes bicalcarata
Nepenthes bicalcarata | Source
Nepenthes plants with pitchers hanging on the side of the ceramic pots.
Nepenthes plants with pitchers hanging on the side of the ceramic pots. | Source
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Beautiful colour of nepenthes longifolia
Beautiful colour of nepenthes longifolia | Source
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    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Great photo collection of these interesting plants. Thanks!

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      daryl2007 6 years ago

      These are lovely photos...wew great job!

    • moonlake profile image

      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      Have never seen these plants. Enjoyed your hub.

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      gogogo 6 years ago

      Loved the photos, good article. thanks

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