Saturday, October 17, 2009

Rat-eating plant discovered in Phillipines

This story came out two months ago, but I never featured it on my blog. Yes, carnivorous pitcher plants that eats rats and insects. Sounds like something out of the play Little Shop of Horrors accept it's real. Very real. With stems that grow more than 4ft long, these are believed to be the world's largest meat-eating shrub. British botanists named the plant after Sir David Attenborough.

The giant pitcher plant lures rodents and insects into its slipper-shaped mouth and dissolves them with acid-like enzymes.

They were discovered on Mount Victoria in the Philippines. It truly is remarkable that this pitcher plants stayed undiscovered until the 21st century. There have been a lot of great environmental stories this year, and this one ranks up there near the top.


  1. Yuck yuck yuck! Great find for sure, but truly disgusting!

  2. yuck indeed! But absolutely great discovery.

  3. Thanks for your comments! You guys are funny! LOL!