Saturday, January 19, 2008


While roaming around the swamps in Johore, we were stopped in our tracks by something floating in midair behind some shrubs ...It turned out to be Nepenthes ampullaria, a pitcher plant that became a "vegetarian". Instead of eating bugs like its relatives, it feed on fallen leaves...argh ! The species rarely produced aerial pitchers (not easy to trap debris in the air) and these are actually basal pitchers being pulled up by the climbing stems. their rotund pitchers with rudimentary lids are kinda cute ....this plant is common in SE Asia, and can be seen even in Singapore !

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