A new species of pitcher plant has been discovered in the Philippines. The giant pitcher, scientifically named Nepenthes attenboroughii, can be found on Mount Victoria, and was discovered by missionaries who were lost in the area in 2000.

Thus, an expedition to find the giant carnivorous plant was held in 2007 by natural history expolrer Stewart McPherson, botanis Alastair Robinson, Andreas Fleischmann, and three other guides.

The pitchers have tube-like leaf structures, which traps insects and other small animals which fall inside.

"The plant is among the largest of al carnivorous plant species and produces spectacular tras as large as other species which catch not only insects, but also rodents as large as rats," says McPherson.

[via Neatorama]