The Carnivorous Plant
The Carnivorous Plant – BELIEVE it. A carnivorous pitcher plant that eats insects and rats was discovered in the Philippines. The plant was named after Sir David Attenborough. It is one of the largest pitchers and thought as the biggest meat-eating shrub, that dissolves rats with its acid-like enzymes.
The group of botanists, headed by Stewart McPherson and Alastair Robinson, British experts , discovered the carnivorous plant on Mount Victoria, Philippines.
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The botanists were inspired to look for the plant after hearing it from the 2 Christian missionaries that said they saw a large carnivorous pitcher plant in year 2000 when they were climbing the mountain.
According to Mr McPherson, of Poole Dorset: “The plant produces spectacular traps which catch not only insects, but also rodents. It is remarkable that it remained undiscovered until the 21st century.”
The group, that found the pitcher plant in 2007 after a 2-month journey, published information on their discovery in the Botanical Journal of Linnean Society after a 3-year study of 120 pitcher plant species.
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