Hey everyone, so I realized I never shared these but I thought everyone who doesn’t know about these plants would be interested. This plant is a carnivorous plant that eats insects and catches them through their modified leaves referred to as a “pitcher” which is full of liquid that digest the insect that has fallen in. One big reason I wanted to share about this plant is because they can be grown in a bioactive tropical setup and are a awesome way to make a naturalistic setup that really stands out. I have grown these in a setup with dart frogs and they will actually lay eggs within the pitcher and the tadpole develops inside and feeds on the bugs that are inside. In the wild these plants are known as “monkey cups” because it has been documented that some species will drink the fluid out of the pitchers. If anyone is interested I will dissect one of the pitchers to show what it caught and how it looks after they are digested.
This last picture shows a mature pitcher that is fully developed and one next to it that is just starting to grow. Those give you a idea of how much they expand from beginning to end
This is the one of the largest of the over 150 species and has been documented eating rodents and birds. The name “truncata” derives from the truncate manner by which the petiole ends where the tendril exits.