A Rat Eating Plant Named Sir David Attenborough

Posted By Ben Goulding, 17 August, 2009 | permalink

Rat Eating PlantA rat and insect eating carnivorous pitcher plant, that was been discovered in the Philippines, has been named after the great wildlife broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough.

Botanist Stewart McPherson 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.

“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.”

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