The Top 10 Newly Discovered Species of 2010

Attenborough's Pitcher

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attenborough pitcher photo
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To put things in perspective, the "pitcher" of Nepenthes attenboroughii, Attenborough's Pitcher, is as large as an American football. After its discovery, reports abounded that the carnivorous plant could catch and eat rats or mice. But no evidence for such culinary inclination has been found. In fact, the Attenborough's Pitcher lives off of flying insects and insect larvae that are caught in the fluid with which the pitcher is constantly filled. The plant is known to exist only on the Philippine island of Palawan.