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Jun 1, 2011 2:32 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Christine, that is what it says on the label! It is a Nepenthes which is a carnivorous plant from the Philippines! They are also called Pitcher plants.
There are lots of different ones from India and Nepal which has the worlds biggest ones, to many other places, including Malaysia etc.
If an insect or small rodent goes around the lip of the plant it gets a sticky drug, then they fall in the Pitcher which is full of Acid and the plant eats them!
Mostly they grow where the soil is very poor so they cannot get Nitrogen, so to get it Nature has developed a way of making them catch it!
Strangely enough the drug secreted by Nepenthes is still used in Human childbirth today, all over the world.
The USA has a lot of carnivorous plants, and I grow Sarracenias in my back garden as they are frost hardy and eat anything.
Here are some of yours!
Regards.
Neil.
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