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Pitcher Plants of Borneo

Carnivorous pitcher plants are nowhere more spectacular than those of the genus Nepenthes from the island of Borneo.  There are about 30 different species of Bornean pitcher plants, locally called “monkey cups,” half of which occur in humid forsts around the island’s highest point, Mount Kinabalu.  Living on both the ground and in the trees, they trap and consume insects as an adaptation to acidic, nutrient-poor conditions.