Rat-eating plant discovered in the Philippines

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Ok, so this admittedly strays from a straightforward food post, but hey, plants gotta eat too you know. A large rat-eating pitcher plant has been found -- by missionaries, no less -- on a mountaintop in the Philippines (the Daily Telegraph has a pic - eek!).

While awaiting rescue, a couple stranded missionaries apparently noted the presence of the plants. Botanists who later followed up on their reports confirmed. The plant has been described as looking like a cabbage -- not like Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors big, but still -- with long, extending leaves to curl around its prey. The plant also consumes insects and smaller prey.

The plant has been named Nepenthes attenboroughii after Sir David Attenborough. Now that's just cool.


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