New Species Of Giant Carnivorous Plant Discovered

Pitcher plant A plant that can capture small mammals?  It sounds a little odd but that is what has just been found in the central highlands of the Philippines.

Matt Walker at BBC Earth News reports:

“The pitcher plant is among the largest of all pitchers and is so big that it can catch rats as well as insects in its leafy trap.  During the same expedition, botanists also came across strange pink ferns and blue mushrooms they could not identify.  The botanists have named the pitcher plant after British natural history broadcaster David Attenborough.”  See full article.

Published: August 16, 2009