Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Giant carnivorous plant discovered (seriously!)

From the Philippines comes news of a new species of pitcher plant: Nepenthes attenboroughii (after naturalist David Attenborough). According to its co-discoverer, "The plant is among the largest of all carnivorous plant species and produces spectacular traps as large as other species which catch not only insects, but also rodents as large as rats."
COMMENT: Almost big enough to catch the smallest deer! (previous post). OK, not really, but darn impressive. The inventiveness of nature is endless....

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