Highland tropical pitcher plant

A carnivorous, climbing, semi-woody herb growing in the Rainforest Biome

By Eden Project

Eden Project

Highland tropical pitcher plant, Rainforest Biome (2020) by Eden ProjectEden Project

The pitchers of this plant trap insects that are then digested as food. The water held by the pitchers is sometimes enjoyed by monkeys (hence one of the plant’s common names) and even parched humans looking for refreshment in the tropical heat.

Highland tropical pitcher plant, Rainforest Biome (2020) by Lauren Wilmshurst and Natalie AdamsEden Project

Many pitcher plants (Nepenthes sp.) have modified leaves that can form a vase or pitcher-shaped vessel that produces a sweet syrupy secretion that attracts insects and dissolves them into nutritious goo that is then absorbed back into the plant. Although these plants mainly catch insects, some species have been known to catch animals as large as birds and small rodents.

Highland tropical pitcher plant, Rainforest Biome (2020) by Eden ProjectEden Project

The flowers of the Highland tropical pitcher plant.

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