The plant's rat-eating habit … A carnivorous pitcher plant that eats insects and rats was discovered in the Philippines. 'Many pitcher plants trap not only insects, but also rodents including mice and rats, and the new species - Nepenthes attenboroughii - is certainly large enough to catch such big prey!' Nepenthes attenboroughii, a previously unknown variety of pitcher plant discovered on a remote mountain in the Philippines, is so big that small rodents could be trapped inside and slowly dissolved by flesh-eating enzymes. Nepenthes attenboroughii has a racemose inflorescence up to 80 cm long. The giant pitcher (Nepenthes attenboroughii) lives high on Mount Victoria, and was reported by missionaries who were lost in the mountain area in 2000. Photograph: Public Domain A new species of pitcher plant has been discovered in the Philippines. nepenthes attenboroughii August 18, 2009 by Dallas Commagreens MANILA – Scientists have discovered a rat-eating plant in the Philippines, and named it after Sir David Attenborough! Nepenthes attenboroughii е хищно планинско растение от род Nepenthes.Кръстено е на британския натуралист и водещ на научно-популярни предавания сър Дейвид Атънбъро, който е ревностен почитател на представителите от рода. The plant was named after Sir David Attenborough. An expedition to find the giant pitcher was held in 2007 by natural history explorer Stewart McPherson, botanist Alastair Robinson, Andreas Fleischmann, and three guides. From the article: "The plant is among the largest of all pitchers and is believed to be the largest meat-eating shrub, dissolving rats with acid-like enzymes." When the rat leans into the plant to drink the saccharine liquid, it slips on the pitcher's waxy interior, and gets stuck in the gooey sap. Botany with: Rat-eating Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes Attenboroughii) Rat-eating plant: The team of botanists, led by British experts Stewart McPherson and Alastair Robinson, found the plant on Mount Victoria in the Philippines The plant is among the largest of all pitchers and is believed to be the largest meat-eating shrub, dissolving rats with acid-like enzymes. The carnivorous plant Nepenthes attenboroughii lures in rats with nectar. Nepenthes attenboroughii (named after Sir David Attenborough) is way bigger than those relatively tame plants, and dissolves its prey with "acid-like enzymes". Once it is trapped, acid-like digestive enzymes break down the still-living rodent. Celebrities inspire naturalists seeking to name new species This rat-eating plant was named Nepenthes attenboroughii by the botanists who discovered it. The flowers lack bracts and produce red tepals that are broadly ovate with an obtuse apex. The world's largest pitcher plant (nepenthes rajah) was discovered in 1858 by British naturalist Hugh Low in Borneo. It is one of the largest pitchers and thought as the biggest meat-eating shrub, that dissolves rats with its acid-like enzymes. Rat-eating plants make for fascinating botanical fodder, but Nepenthes rajah's considerable dimensions—the largest recorded urn can hold almost a … The male flower spike bears approximately 100 pedicellate flowers on a rachis up to 45 cm long and is recorded to bifurcate on occasion. The Carnivorous Plant – BELIEVE it. -- Rkitko ( talk ) 14:21, 23 August 2009 (UTC) I can second what Rkitko correctly states; Nepenthes attenboroughii has not, for one, entered cultivation, and that video has clearly been set up with a mouse and a cultivated specimen for the sake of making a rather cruel video. 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