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Giant carnivorous plant and blue fungi discovered!

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posted on Aug, 14 2009 @ 08:24 PM

The newly discovered giant pitcher plant (Nepenthes attenboroughii).

A new species of giant carnivorous plant has been discovered in the highlands of the central Philippines, according to Matt Walker, Editor, BBC Earth News.
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.

During the expedition, the team also encountered another pitcher, Nepenthes deaniana, which had not been seen in the wild for 100 years. The only known existing specimens of the species were lost in a herbarium fire in 1945.

On the way down the mountain, the team also came across a striking new species of sundew, a type of sticky trap plant, which they are in the process of formally describing.

Thought to be a member of the genus Drosera, the sundew produces striking large, semi-erect leaves which form a globe of blood red foliage.


posted on Aug, 14 2009 @ 08:37 PM
That thing can catch a RAT?!!!! Wow.

posted on Aug, 14 2009 @ 08:57 PM
Awsome find! Id love to see more pictures! Those blue shrooms are beautiful, they look like plastic

posted on Aug, 14 2009 @ 09:05 PM
reply to post by Yummy Freelunch

Yes it looks almost like part of Alice in wonderland movie...

Also, what disappoints me is that they say the "giant" carnivorous plant is not so "giant" after all....

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