Aug 31, 2007

Pitcher Plants, Nepenthes, Monkey Cup

Nepenthes which is the only genus of the Nepenthaceae family are herbaceous non-woody tropical plants which generally grow as long twining vines with pitchers. The pitchers are actually highly specialized leaves that act as passive pitfall traps (for little insects). Pitcher Plant are also known locally as Monkey Cup and can also be use for cooking glutinous rice.

Pitcher Plant being a protected species is extremely exotic and can be found on the lowlands and highlands jungles of Borneo and other part of the world. Each species may often be endemic on certain areas.

The photos below were taken at Pitcher Plant & Wild Orchid Garden, located at Kota Padawan township, 10 miles from Kuching, Sarawak.

2 comments:

Theresa H. Hall August 31, 2007 at 12:29 PM  

These photographs are so amazing! I've never seen nor heard of monkey cups. They are one of the most unique plants I have ever seen. This is wonderful. I wonder if they add a lot of flavor to the rice.

bree November 25, 2009 at 3:54 AM  

thanks for the info

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