Pitcher Plants (Nepenthes)

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PITCHER PLANTS
Nepenthes ampullaria is a most interesting and bizarre species of Nepenthes. It grows in heath and swamp forest, as well as wet rainforest. It prefers a more shady location than many species, where the plant spreads and forms a mat of basal rosettes and pitchers across the forest floor.Climbing stems often trail along the forest floor for many metres before climbing into the canopy, where a flower spike will be produced. Upper pitchers are rare, but a climbing stem will produce clusters of lower pitchers along it, like bunches of grapes. It is believed that the pitchers are specialised to catch and decompose fallen leaf litter...