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Prolific Pitchers

We have come across some fantastic Nepenthes during our time at Baku. Fortunately for us, guide Mohammad specialises in pitcher plants so spotting, identifying and learning all about these extraordinary plants was very interesting.

Nepenthes are a carnivorous genus of plants, luring in their prey by giving off a fragrance of rotten meat and having red markings to mimic a carcass. As the prey lands on the peristome, which is covered in a slippery substance, they fall into the liquid filled pitcher cup. It is here where this sinister plant digests it’s prey. Prey can be insects, mice and even lizards.

We came across the following Nepenthes: N. raffelisiana, N. albomarginata, N. gracilis, N. ampullaria and N. pilosa.

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