Thursday, August 20, 2009

Rat-eating Plant Discovered

I never thought that a plant could eat a rat. It's usually the other way around but lately, a group of scientists discovered such a plant at Mount Victoria in the municipality of Narra, Palawan.

Botanists called the carnivorous pitcher plant Nepenthes attenboroughii. It is said to be the largest meat-eating plant in the world and not just feeds on rats but on insects as well.

Other species were also found by the scientists led by Britons Alastair Robinson and Stewart McPherson. These include new species of sundew, strange pink ferns and blue mushrooms, and a long thought extinct plant, Nepenthes deaniana.
Only in the Philippines, is what I can say about these new discoveries.

Click here to read more on the rat-eating plant from an Abs-cbn report.

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