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Carnivorous plant found by Cambridge conservationists
Nepenthes holdenii
The Nepenthes holdenii has been discovered in Cambodia

This flower may look harmless, but to insects living in Cambodia's remote Cardamom Mountains, it is deadly.

The new species of carnivorous pitcher plant was discovered by conservationists working for Cambridge-based Fauna and Flora International.

Scientists said the discovery was indicative of the lack of research carried out in the mountains.

Biologist Jenny Daltry said the area "potentially holds many new species for researchers to discover".

The large red and green pitchers, which can grow to 30cm, are made up of leaves that capture and digest insects.

The nutrients derived from the insects help the plants to survive Cambodia's long dry season.

They are also able to survive the regular forest fires in the area, by producing large underground tubers which send up new pitcher-bearing vines once the fires have died down.

'Treasure chest'

The plants have been named Nepenthes holdenii after Jeremy Holden, a photographer who made the discovery while working on a survey for Fauna and Flora International (FFI).

He said: "The Cardamom Mountains are a treasure chest of new species, but it was a surprise to find something as exciting and charismatic as an unknown pitcher plant."




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