Nepenthes sp.: Monkey Cups


Nepenthes , popularly known as tropical pitcher plants or monkey cups, is a genus of carnivorous plants in the monotypic family Nepenthaceae. The genus comprises roughly 140 species, and numerous natural and many cultivated hybrids. They are mostly liana-forming plants of the Old World tropics, ranging from South China, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines; westward to Madagascar [two species] and the Seychelles [one]; southward to Australia [three] and New Caledonia [one]; and northward to India [one] and Sri Lanka [one]. The greatest diversity occurs on Borneo and Sumatra, with many endemic species.


The name “monkey cups” refers to the fact that monkeys have been observed drinking rainwater from these plants.


Photos: Cloud ForestGardens by the BaySingapore, 20130124

Source: Wikipedia

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