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2010-06-01 10:38:17

Nepenthes attenboroughii, named after Sir David Attenborough, honorary Fellow of the Linnean Society, has been ranked number 1 Each year The International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University names the Top 10 new species described in the previous calendar year. The list for 2009 was published to coincide with the 303rd anniversary on May 23rd of the birth of Carl Linnaeus. It contains only two new plant species, one of which was first published in the Botanical...

2009-08-17 15:23:47

British scientists said they have discovered a plant in the Philippines that feeds by luring and consuming rats. Botanists Stewart McPherson and Alastair Robinson said the plant, dubbed Nepenthes attenboroughii after legendary wildlife broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, consumes whole rats by luring them into its mouth and dissolving them with acid-like enzymes. The plant produces spectacular traps which catch not only insects, but also rodents, McPherson told The Sun in an exclusive...

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2009-08-11 13:45:00

A new plant species has been discovered in the central Philippines - a giant carnivorous plant. The plant is the largest of all pitchers and is so big that it can catch rats as well as insects in its trap. Botanists came across the strange pink ferns - as well as blue mushrooms - during an expedition. The botanists named the pitcher plant after British natural history broadcaster David Attenborough. The details of the discovery were published in the Botanical Journal of the...


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abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.