random snapshot 14/2015
common names: tropical pitcher plants, monkey cups (refers to the fact that monkeys have been observed drinking rainwater from these plants!)
An awe-inspiring plant…
A tendril extends from the midrib of the sword-shaped leaf and at the end of the tendril the pitcher forms. The pitcher starts as a small bud and gradually expands to form a tube-shaped trap.
The trap contains a fluid of the plant’s own production, which may be watery or syrupy, and is used to drown the prey.
I found these small carnivorous monkey cups in dad’s garden. Fascinating…