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Flask-shaped pitcher plant

Flask-shaped pitcher plant

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ROBBIE SHONE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ROBBIE SHONE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Flask-shaped pitcher plant (Nepenthes ampullaria). This is a carnivorous plant, using scent, nectar and colour to attract insects (seen inside the pitchers). When insects fall into the liquid at the bottom of the trap (pitcher) they are digested by enzymes. This provides the plant with nutrients, such as phosphorous and nitrogen. Pitcher plants are typically found in nutrient-poor habitats, such as swamps. Photographed in Gunung Mulu National Park, in Sarawak, the Malaysian part of Borneo.

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