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Nepenthes is a genus of carnivorous plants, also known as tropical pitcher
plants, or monkey cups. The name "monkey cups" refers to the fact
that monkeys have been observed drinking rainwater from these plants.
The pitcher contains a fluid of the plant's
own production, which may be watery or more viscous, and is used to drown the
prey. Surrounding the entrance to the trap is a structure called the peristome
(the "lip"), which is slippery and often quite colorful, attracting
prey, but offering an unsure footing. Above the peristome is a lid (the
operculum); in many species, this keeps rain from diluting the fluid within the
pitcher, the underside of which may contain nectar glands which attract prey.
Prey usually consists of insects, but the largest species may occasionally
catch small vertebrates, such as rats and lizards.
> Substrate: Sphagnum mossor peat moss or coco peat with perlite
> Watering: Medium to heavy
> Lighting: Can
be grown under natural sunlight or indoor
with LED lighting