Description: Terrestrial upright to scrambling unbranched shrub, to 1. With little preparation, the missionaries attempted to climb the mountain but became lost for 13 days before being rescued from the slopes.
Robinson, pers. The approximate population density was estimated by eye at less than one plant per 20 m2. Figure 3. Kinabalu, m,Low s.
During the same expedition, botanists also came across strange pink ferns and blue mushrooms they could not identify. Drawing by A. Pitchers create tube-like leaf structures into which insects and other small animals tumble and become trapped. It was found that the corpse of the shrew had, in the intervening weeks, progressed from a wholly intact state to mere skeletal remains, with only scant viscera and a matte of hair at the bottom of the pitcher still apparent. The flowers lack bracts and produce red tepals that are broadly ovate with an obtuse apex. Features common to the high-altitude Nepenthes of Palawan include the structure of the lid, which is keeled but lacks appendages, and the peristome which, although atypically shaped in N. 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. Etymology: The specific epithet, attenboroughii, is a commemorative, genitive noun in apposition taken from the patronym Attenborough. Inflorescence a raceme. Accompanied by three guides, the team hiked through lowland forest, finding large stands of a pitcher plant known to science called Nepenthes philippinensis, as well as strange pink ferns and blue mushrooms which they could not identify. The Philippine archipelago is home to 17 known species of Nepenthes, 16 of which are endemic, making it the third richest region for Nepenthes diversity after Sumatra and Borneo, each with approximately 30 endemic species.
Listen in for a much better description of pitcher plants than I wrote and some truly creepy sped-up footage of a pitcher plant as it manifests its poisonous traps. Subsequently, N.
Figure 2. The plant is among the largest of all carnivorous plant species and produces spectacular traps Co-discoverer Stewart McPherson Word that this new species of pitcher plant existed initially came from two Christian missionaries who in attempted to scale Mount Victoria, a rarely visited peak in central Palawan in the Philippines. During the same expedition, botanists also came across strange pink ferns and blue mushrooms they could not identify. Stem terete, 2. Based on this evidence, the authors reason that these species, predominantly found growing on ultramafic soils on Palawan and Mindanao , are likely to have arisen as a result of the radiative speciation of a common ancestor in Borneo. A bit of nectar draws insects in, and the waxy coating covering the leaves ensures they slip and slide but rarely escape. Specimens examined: N. The following were examined in situ at their type localities: N. Big enough to drown a rat All three are pitcher plant experts, having travelled to remote locations in the search for new species. On the basis of the morphological features, this new taxon appears to be related to both N. Description: Terrestrial upright to scrambling unbranched shrub, to 1. Comparison of Nepenthes attenboroughii with N.
The bottom third or so is filled with a milky, viscous liquid that probably serves to help break down prey, and the top is usually filled with water from rainfall.
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