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New exotic carnivorous plant Nepenthes zygon discovered at Kew Gardens in London

An exotic carnivorous plant species Nepenthes zygon was on 25 November 2014 discovered at the Kew Gardens where it was helping to keep down cockroaches.

Nov 27, 2014 12:01 IST
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An exotic carnivorous plant species Nepenthes zygon was on 25 November 2014 discovered at the Kew Gardens in London. The species was previously unknown to science.

The plant was seen growing at Kew Gardens for almost a decade by the Botanists where it was helping to keep down cockroaches. Pitchers and the other carnivorous plants at Kew help keep pests under control while some are even big enough to consume mice and rats.

Earlier the plant had been labelled as the pitcher plant Nepenthes copelandii but after the investigations it was known to be Nepenthes zygon when it produced flowers.

Nepenthes zygon will soon be placed on public view in the Princess of Wales glasshouse along with another species of pitcher plant N robcantleyi.

Nepenthes zygon
Nepenthes zygon is a tropical pitcher plant that originated from the Philippines. It was collected as a seed by a plant hunter Robert Cantley in 1997 on Mount Pasian, Mindanao.

It was donated to Kew Garden of London in 2004 as a seedling to be placed in a tropical glasshouse.

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