The pitchers of an Australian pitcher plant are fuzzy little traps that grow at the end of petioles. These petioles extend, in a rosette pattern, from the center of the plant. Pitchers generally grow to a maximum size of about 1 1/2 inches, but a “Giant” variety can produce 3 inch traps. A lid overhangs the trap, protecting it from rain and shading the digestive juices from evaporation. Inside the trap, there is a slippery collar that secrets nectar to encourage insects to spelunk into the pitcher. Dunking a head into the trap to feast upon the nectar, an insect will lose its grip and fall to the digest juices below. The insect will have a difficult time scaling the waxy interior of the trap, but even if they do, they will not be able to navigate the overhanging collar.
In addition to carnivorous leaves, Cephalotus follicularis produce bright green, oval, pointed, non-carnivorous leaves to aid in photosynthesis.