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Rat-eating plant discovered in Philippines
Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | August 17, 2009 | Chris Irvine

Posted on 08/17/2009 5:55:19 AM PDT by Schnucki

A carnivorous pitcher plant that eats rats and insects has been discovered in the Philippines and named after Sir David Attenborough.

The plant is among the largest of all pitchers and is believed to be the largest meat-eating shrub, dissolving rats with acid-like enzymes.

The team of botanists, led by British experts Stewart McPherson and Alastair Robinson, found the plant on Mount Victoria in the Philippines.

They were inspired to search for the plant after word that it is existed came from two Christian missionaries who described seeing a large carnivorous pitcher in 2000 after they climbed the mountain.

Mr 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 team, which found the plant in 2007 following a two-month expedition, published details of their discovery in the Botanical Journal of Linnean Society earlier this year following a three-year study of all 120 species of pitcher plant.

They decided to name the plant Nepenthes attenboroughii, after the wildlife broadcaster Sir David.

"My team and I named it in honour of Sir David whose work has inspired generations toward a better understanding of the beauty and diversity of the natural world," added Mr McPherson.

Sir David, 83, said: "I was contacted by the team shortly after the discovery and they asked if they could name it after me. I was delighted and told them, 'Thank you very much'.

"I'm absolutely flattered. 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."

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Agriculture; Outdoors; Science
KEYWORDS: attenborough; carnivorous; davidattenborough; nepenthes; pests; philippines; pitcher; pitcherplant; plant

1 posted on 08/17/2009 5:55:19 AM PDT by Schnucki
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To: Schnucki

Would this work on DemocRATS?


2 posted on 08/17/2009 5:58:46 AM PDT by jslade (People that are easily offended OFFEND ME!)
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To: Schnucki

They should have named it the Ann Coulter plant.

Catches rats and digests them with enzymes.


3 posted on 08/17/2009 5:58:56 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: Schnucki

Cool!

Will it eat DemocRATS too?


4 posted on 08/17/2009 5:59:39 AM PDT by Hugin (Sarah Palin: accept no substitutes!)
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To: Schnucki
A plant that eats rats has been named after Sir David Attenborough.

Did he eat rats also?

5 posted on 08/17/2009 5:59:40 AM PDT by cmj328 (Filibuster FOCA--a/k/a this "Health" Bill--or lose reelection)
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To: Schnucki

If I can find some here, I will ship to any FReeper. :)))


6 posted on 08/17/2009 6:01:15 AM PDT by AlexW (Now in the Philippines . Happy not to be back in the USA for now.)
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To: cmj328

7 posted on 08/17/2009 6:01:29 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: Schnucki
"It is remarkable that it remained undiscovered until the 21st century."

Why is it so remarkable? Human vanity (particularly in the area of science) has reached a point where we are flabbergasted when we discover we didn't know everything. Creation is full of surprises, and I have little doubt that 500 years from know, people will look back on our era as we look back on the pre-Colombian flat earthers.

8 posted on 08/17/2009 6:01:33 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Schnucki
"largest of all pitchers"

Sounds more like a catcher.

9 posted on 08/17/2009 6:02:03 AM PDT by Gritty-Kitty
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To: Schnucki
Do they have anything that eats RINOs?
10 posted on 08/17/2009 6:02:03 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: Scythian

That’s right,two fried chickens and coke!


11 posted on 08/17/2009 6:03:13 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Schnucki
It must have more than enzymes in the pitcher. It must have some kind of anesthetic to immobilize the rat.

Other wise the thrashing and gnawing of the rat trying to escape would damage the plant.

12 posted on 08/17/2009 6:03:29 AM PDT by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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To: Schnucki
Oh goodie. Let's get one for the White House Garden.

sw

13 posted on 08/17/2009 6:06:06 AM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife (Seniors Rule!)
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To: Schnucki

14 posted on 08/17/2009 6:09:06 AM PDT by knarf
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To: knarf
Hmmmm ... Nerpansis Pelosa .... I say again .... hmmmmmm


15 posted on 08/17/2009 6:14:57 AM PDT by knarf
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To: Schnucki

What we need is a plant that can wash and dry laundry...


16 posted on 08/17/2009 6:15:57 AM PDT by tsomer
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To: spectre
Oh goodie. Let's get one for the White House Garden.

Turn the White House into "The Ruins"?

17 posted on 08/17/2009 6:16:00 AM PDT by Roccus (My anger is manufactured.......................................in the WHITE HOUSE and CONGRESS!!)
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To: knarf

OOps .. Nepenthis Pelosa


18 posted on 08/17/2009 6:16:44 AM PDT by knarf
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To: spectre

Oh goodie. Let's get one for the White House Garden.



19 posted on 08/17/2009 6:22:31 AM PDT by G8 Diplomat (Iran Azadi!)
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To: Schnucki

20 posted on 08/17/2009 6:27:45 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: Schnucki

I don’t know that I would feel honored by having a rat eating plant named after me. Yikes!!!


21 posted on 08/17/2009 7:31:10 AM PDT by diamond6 (Is SIDS preventable? www.Stopsidsnow.com)
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To: staytrue

Thats good!!!! LOL


22 posted on 08/17/2009 7:31:36 AM PDT by diamond6 (Is SIDS preventable? www.Stopsidsnow.com)
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To: Schnucki
Nepenthes: banishing pain and sorrow

Rather a benign name, considering how the pain and sorrow is actually banished. Being dissolved to death certainly sounds rather harrowing.

23 posted on 08/17/2009 7:34:09 AM PDT by dorothy ("Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Schnucki

G. Gordon Liddy has competition.


24 posted on 08/17/2009 7:36:19 AM PDT by Mr. Jazzy ("I AM JIM THOMPSON!!!")
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To: jslade

They should plant them in NY, CA, MA, and NJ. They could lure them into the trap by offering government handouts.


25 posted on 08/17/2009 7:38:45 AM PDT by kabar
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To: Schnucki
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26 posted on 08/17/2009 8:33:34 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Gritty-Kitty
"largest of all pitchers" Sounds more like a catcher.

Either way, that plant is still a fag.

27 posted on 08/17/2009 8:35:54 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("If they taxed condoms and toilet paper, they'd have us coming and going." - Lazamataz, 2002)
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To: Schnucki

Can we import them to DC and Des Moines and plant them right next to the State(IA) And US Capitol Bldgs.


28 posted on 08/17/2009 8:54:56 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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