Rat-Eating Plant Discovered in Philippines

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plant is among the largest of all pitchers and is believed to be
the largest meat-eating shrub, dissolving rats with acid-like enzymes.

The team of
botanists, led by British experts Stewart McPherson and Alastair
Robinson, found the plant on Mount Victoria in the Philippines.

They were inspired
to search for the plant after word that it existed came from two
Christian missionaries who described seeing a large carnivorous
pitcher in 2000 after they climbed the mountain.

Mr. McPherson,
of Poole Dorset, 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."

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19, 2009

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