Nepenthes project 2001

Nana Hernawati

The pitcher plant (Nephenthes) is a carnivorous straggling climber whose stems can reach up to 70 ft in length and whose trumpet shaped 'pitchers' can hold up to two litres of fluid. Nephenthes Project 2001 will identify the status, distribution and habitat requirements of the 12 endangered species of Nepenthes found in the lowland and mountain forest of West Sumatra by gathering ecological data on the frequency and population density of the plant. Working with government and science institutions, and the local people, the Indonesian team hope to identify the sites needing most urgent protection. The data will be used to produce a conservation strategy.

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