Tropical Pitcher Plant – Nepenthes
The Tropical Pitcher Plant, or Nepenthes, is a highly complex and refined bug catcher. Leaves grow out from the center of the plant, each with a thin tendril at the end and a pitcher-trap at the end of the tendril. The traps at the end of the leaf vary greatly in color, shape, and size between the many different species. Some of the traps can grow incredibly large. For example, the Raja Nepenthes has been known to grow immense traps in the wild, which are capable of catching small mammals—even, in very rare cases, small monkeys.
Nepenthes are an extremely satisfying and exciting plant to grow. Flourishing Nepenthes will continuously produce more leaves, each with a trap at the end, and each trap possibly larger and more awe-inspiring than the one before it. You will find yourself waiting with intense anticipation as you watch each leaf develop and predict how large the new trap at the end of it will be.