View Full Version : Hello Nepenthes, Are You HUNGRY

Avalon SARL
13-10-10, 07:17
Well, I know, I'm an agricultural Engineer and just so obsessed with the plant kingdom and nature :D

Scientists have discovered a flesh-eating plant so big that it can swallow and devour a whole rat! This new species is called Nepenthes attenboroughii, it has been named after British nature expert Sir David Attenborugh.
This plant, which is a member of the ‘pitcher’ family can grow more than 4-foot long. That’s actually one of the biggest carnivorous plants discovered yet.
Those plants produce big ‘pitchers’ which are filled with water and they also secrete nectar that attracts insects and rodents. Once those poor creatures fall in, they cannot escape and end up drowning, and then, the acids and enzymes do their job.
Generally, only the bones of the prey remain…



You can see more in here....

The ones with rats are awful :eek:

http://izismile.com/2009/08/20/new_plant_discovered_in_the_philippines_is_a_giant _rat-eating_plant_44_pics.html

Isn't that Awesome, though disgusting :p

Lara Croft!
13-10-10, 10:24
I've heard about this plant before. Fyi, "nepenthes" means "with no grief/mourning", it's an ancient Greek word. I'm not sure how it fits to this plant, though.

cezy rockeru
13-10-10, 11:35

13-10-10, 11:51
Now that's broccoli with attitude. Creepy, but nice find! :tmb: *never looks at plants the same way*

13-10-10, 12:16
yikes ! :eek: poor little trapped animals. :o

Lara Croft!
13-10-10, 12:27
Now that's broccoli with attitude.


13-10-10, 13:11
That's one kick ass plant! :eek:. But strangely impressive.

I'm actually feeling sorry for the rat right now. His expression says it all :(.

13-10-10, 14:07
I've heard of these before -- and I feel so sorry for the animals which slip in :(

13-10-10, 15:57
Wow, that is really fascinating. I love plants, too. My mother is a horticulturist, so I grew up around plants and learned a lot about them through her.

It's sad about the animals, but that's life.

Ward Dragon
13-10-10, 16:18
That's amazing. That pitcher plant is nearly big enough to eat me :eek:

13-10-10, 16:33
Oh good golly gosh :yik:

Lara's Nemesis
13-10-10, 18:10
Nice find, that picture of the rat is pretty gruesome tho.

Hopefully they won't get bigger and intelligent or it could be like the sci-fi novel/film "The Day of the Triffids".:yik:


13-10-10, 18:19
:eek: Horrifying! And in the link there's some pretty nasty pictures. Was that a... partially digested rat???? And there's a spider reaching her legs out, it's almost like she's crying for help.

Nature has some incredible "inventions". :p

13-10-10, 18:29
It really is a cruel world out there :p Fascinating stuff, reminds me of when I used to have a Venus fly trap years ago. Proof that there's so much more to this world than we know, so much left to be discovered.

I do feel rather bad for that rat though, rather nasty way to go.

13-10-10, 18:35
I like these:

http://img692.imageshack.us/img692/2152/plantskiller27.jpg (http://img692.imageshack.us/i/plantskiller27.jpg/)
http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/8670/plantskiller28.jpg (http://img257.imageshack.us/i/plantskiller28.jpg/)

This type of plants is very interesting and aesthetics.:)

13-10-10, 19:05
Didn't you know? Plants have to eat too.

13-10-10, 19:24
I want one capable of eating my neighbor's dog!

13-10-10, 19:30
^ I want one capable of eating my neighbour!

13-10-10, 19:41
I saw a video collection on youtube from this guy who owns a pitcher plant like this. At one point he let a white mouse crawl in and later showed that the pitcher rotted off, yet the whole plant itself grew an extra foot just from that rodent alone. It was rather disgusting when he checked inside to see what that plant did to the little bugger.

13-10-10, 19:41
Ah great, I could use them as a toilet ;)

No need to flush, the acids will do the job :)

13-10-10, 19:48
I'll laugh if you could feed one that way.

Lizard of Oz
13-10-10, 20:39
I find those sort of plants fascinating. Except I have quite the pity for those poor animals that land inside!