This story is unprecedented. In the 21st century human beings are still discovering living things that have never been discovered before.
What’s even more fascinating is this one is a 4 foot tall flesh eating plant! Live Science magazine says the carnivorous plant, found atop Mt. Victoria in Palawan, Philippines, is not some fragile little thing that only eats insects.
The research team, led by Stewart McPherson of Red Fern Natural History Productions, had learned of the plant in 2000 after a group of Christian missionaries stumbled upon it while trekking up a remote mountain and reported it to a local newspaper.
Dubbed the pitcher plant, it is one of the largest plants of its kind. With a pitcher-shaped structure filled with liquid, the plant secretes nectar around its mouth to lure rats, insects and other prey into its trap. Once an animal has fallen in, enzymes and acids in the fluid break down the carcass of the drowned victim.
“All carnivorous plants have evolved to catch insects but the biggest ones, such as this one, can eat rats and frogs,” McPherson told LiveScience. “It’s truly remarkable that a plant this big has been undiscovered for so long.”