Botanists discover rat-eating plant

By Calvin Palmer

A team of botanists has discovered a plant that eats rats and insects.

The carnivorous pitcher plant found on Mount Victoria in the Philippines is believed to be the largest meat-eating shrub, dissolving rats with acid-like enzymes.

The expedition was led by British experts Stewart McPherson and Alastair Robinson who decided to name the plant after natural world broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.

McPherson, of Poole, Dorset, said: “The plant produces spectacular traps which catch not only insects, but also rodents. It is remarkable that it remained undiscovered until the 21st century.”

The plant was found in 2007 after a two-month expedition and its discovery was published in Botanical Journal of Linnean Society earlier this year.

The team decided to call it Nepenthes attenboroughii in honor of naturalist Sir David famed throughout the world for wildlife documentaries such as Planet Earth.

“I’m absolutely flattered,” he said. “This is a remarkable species, the largest of its kind. I’m told it can catch rats then eat them with its digestive enzymes. It’s certainly capable of that.”

[Based on a report by The Daily Telegraph.]

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One response to “Botanists discover rat-eating plant

  1. AndyP

    We could do with a few of those plants around here. We have seen rats climbing up the palm trees! The neighbour’s cat, Fang, doesn’t seem up to the job!

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