Tropical Pitcher, Plant

Tropical Pitcher Plant
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These plants grow primarily in Southeast Asia, with many species coming from the island of Borneo. All carnivourous plants grow in areas where the soil/bark/leaf litter is so devoid of nutrients that the plants must suplement their diets with insects and animals. The pitchers have an intoxicating nectar around the edge to attract various small creaturs who feast on nectar and fall inside. Once inside, digestive acids and enzymes disolve the soft body parts, and the resulting nutrient "soup" is absorbed by the plant.


Tropical Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes)   •  Botanical Gardens   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Friday 28 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 11:18:26 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9502
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Monkeys Cup
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This plant is also known as a Monkeys Cup because monkeys have been observed drinking rainwater from these plants.


Tropical Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes)   •  Botanical Gardens   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Friday 28 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 11:18:42 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9503
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Upper Pitchers
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This plant produce two types of pitchers. Lower pitcher that can sit on the ground are usually smaller than the upper pitchers shown here. Upper pitchers are the mark of a mature plant.


Tropical Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes)   •  Botanical Gardens   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Friday 28 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 11:18:51 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9504
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Eats Insects
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The prey of this plant usually consists of insects. Other prey frequently include spiders, scorpions, and centipedes, but occassionally snails and frogs.


Tropical Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes)   •  Botanical Gardens   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Friday 28 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 11:18:51 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9505
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New Off-Shoot
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A new off-shoot from the main plant shows a brand new pitcher begining to grow.


Tropical Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes)   •  Botanical Gardens   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Friday 28 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 11:19:33 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9508
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