Giant Carnivorous Plant Discovered

Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 11th, 2009

The newly discovered giant pitcher plant (Nepenthes attenboroughii).

A new species of giant carnivorous plant has been discovered in the highlands of the central Philippines, according to Matt Walker, Editor, BBC Earth News.

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.

During the expedition, the team also encountered another pitcher, Nepenthes deaniana, which had not been seen in the wild for 100 years. The only known existing specimens of the species were lost in a herbarium fire in 1945.

On the way down the mountain, the team also came across a striking new species of sundew, a type of sticky trap plant, which they are in the process of formally describing.

Thought to be a member of the genus Drosera, the sundew produces striking large, semi-erect leaves which form a globe of blood red foliage.

For the rest of the news on this discovery, read BBC News here.

Unidentified blue fungi.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

7 Responses to “Giant Carnivorous Plant Discovered”

  1. korollocke responds:

    Any day now they will find triffids.

  2. Fhqwhgads responds:

    Very cool.

  3. Bast responds:

    I would have liked to see some kind of scale in the pictures… and the fern.

  4. zytebac responds:

    Mr. Attenburough deserves the honor!

  5. cryptidsrus responds:

    What really would be awesome would be if something like Audrey from Little Shop Of Horrors would be found.
    That would start tongues wagging…:)

  6. MrInspector responds:

    korollocke said, “Any day now they will find triffids.”

    We can only hope! 😉

  7. Jeremy_Wells responds:

    Those blue mushrooms are striking! Some of the psilocybes and conocybes “stain” blue when bruised, and some south seas entoloma are blue. I’d like to see the underside of these. Wonder if they are gilled or tube mushrooms?

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