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Giant 'meat-eating' plant found

Giant 'meat-eating' plant found
Matt Walker
Editor, Earth News

A new species of giant carnivorous plant has been discovered in the highlands of the central Philippines.

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.

They published details of the discovery in the Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society earlier this year.

The plant is among the largest of all carnivorous plant species and produces spectacular traps
Co-discoverer Stewart McPherson
Word that this new species of pitcher plant existed initially came from two Christian missionaries who in 2000 a


Added: Aug-12-2009 
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