Mammal-Eating Plants Found in the Philippines

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It's no Triffid, but a new species of giant pitcher plant discovered in the highlands of the Philippines has a hunger for mammalian flesh. Fortunately, they're mostly interested in insects and rodents — at least for now.

During a recent expedition to the Philippines' central highlands, a group of botanists discovered several unusual and previously undocumented plants and fungi. Among these discoveries was the Nepenthes attenboroughii, which they named for naturalist and carnivorous plant enthusiast David Attenborough. One of the largest pitcher plants ever discovered, N. attenboroughii produces pitchers up to two liters in volume, which attract and trap small animals. Like other carnivorous plants, N. attenboroughii traps and eats insects, but can also snack on rodents as large as rats.

They're attractive enough that I wouldn't mind having a couple around as organic mouse traps, but I'd certainly keep some weedkiller handy in case it pulls a Little Shop of Horrors and starts singing showtunes about killing my dentist.


Giant 'meat-eating' plant found [BBC via Reddit]