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This Odd shaped Thing Is a Real Plant From The Philippines

Plants have an important role in the world’s ecosystem. They are responsible for the survival of all species on the planet. Natural decorations may be found in woodlands, deserts, and jungles all over the globe. They may be odd-shaped and in various sizes, as well as in every color imaginable. It’s possible to find plants with striking color and odd shape combinations. Fantasy writers have created several figures that don’t belong in our reality.

Photographs of a plant known as the ‘penis flytrap’ gained widespread attention on the internet in March of 2019. Named after Venus flytrap, we came up with it as a means to have fun and express ourselves (Dionaea muscipula). In turn, the phrase may be an indirect reference. In fact, it has a remarkable resemblance to the genital organs of female humans.

To get you started, here is a picture of the Venus flytrap.

Photo credit : Noah Elhardt

Continue with the phallic-looking one for the time being, shall we?

The plant, which is a member of the Nepenthes genus, may be found throughout the Philippine islands.

Snopes has verified the image’s authenticity despite the fact that its origin is unknown. And, as a result, has decided that the image is genuine and depicts the plant in question. For further information, they turned to Clinton Morse, a live plant collections manager at the University of Connecticut’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He said the following:

The picture, according to him, is unquestionable of the Nepenthes species. Also, it seems to be a genuine representation of the plant. There is a passive pitfall trap that grows with a closed trap in all Nepenthes. And according to him, it may be found in all of them. In addition, when the trap grows, the ‘cap’ lifts. They have a penile look due to the fact that the pitchers in the accompanying picture are only just beginning to open. The word “penis fly trap” has never come to him, although he does think it’s an appropriate description.

Nepenthes philippinensis (tropical pitcher plant) is unique to the Philippines, and hence the photographs are most likely of this species. It may be found in Palawan and the neighboring Calamian Islands (including Busuanga, Coron, and Culion) as well as Linapacan, where it grows at elevations ranging from 0–600 meters (2,000 feet) above sea level.

In contrast to what some readers have called a “penile” stage, the pit trap matures and the lid is opened, resulting in a plant that is less obviously phallic. Insects that fall into the water-filled trap are scavenged for nutrition by the plant, as documented in a 1999 study of the genus’ carnivorous habit.

Photo credit: Alastair Robinson

Therefore, if you go exploring and discovering the highlands and the Philippines, there is a good probability that you will know this species if you come across it at any stage.

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