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9 newly discovered species

By: Shea Gunther on June 1, 2011, 11:24 a.m.
Attenborough's pitcher plant

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Attenborough's pitcher plant

Attenborough's Pitcher, which is known in scientific circles as Nepenthes attenboroughii, is a large plant endemic to the island of Palawan in the Philippines. It's another species that was discovered at the same time it was found to be critically endangered. The plant's name honors naturalist Sir David Attenborough. The football-sized bell at its base traps and digests insects and even small mammals, bringing to mind the giant carniverous plant Audrey from "Little Shop of Horrors."