The Cambodian government recently asked people to stop picking a rare carnivorous plant that, from a certain angle, looks a lot like human male genitals.
Cambodia’s Ministry of Environment has shared photos on Facebook of three women grabbing pitcher plants and posing with them, and ministry officials have asked members of the public to leave the rare trees alone, the page said. Cambodia news website said Khmer Times reported.
“What they are doing is wrong and please don’t do it again in the future!” Ministry of Environment wrote May 11 in Facebook post. “Thank you for loving natural resources, but don’t harvest it to waste!”
Some news websites have reported that this plant is Nepenthes holdenii, but it’s actually a closely related species called Nepenthes bokorensisJeremy Holden, a freelance wildlife photographer who first discovered N. Holdeniiand François Mey, a botanical illustrator who depicted both species, spoke exclusively to Live Science.
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N. holdenii and N. bokorensis are similar in appearance and both occur only in the nearby mountains, which may explain the confusion. However, N. holdenii is the rarer of the two and only a few researchers know where to find it.
“My factory [N. holdenii] Holden said, grows in a few secret locations in the Cardamom mountains, southwest Cambodia.Bokorensis occurs on the more accessible Phnom Bokor, which has undergone extensive development in recent years. “
The environment ministry’s Facebook post and photo were in response to a video taken on May 11 showing women picking trees, according to Newsflare, a video buying and licensing site. This is not the first time the government has issued warnings against harming seed and photogenic plants; Senior Ministry officials asked tourists not to choose N. bokorensis and N. holdenii in one declare in July 2021, as this activity could lead to plant extinction.
Nepenthes Plants survive in nutrient-poor soil by supplementing their diet with live insects, using their nectar and sweet scent to attract prey. “When you smell a bokorensis May said.
Insects feed on nectar around the mouth of the plant’s modified leaves, which, when mature, resemble vases. When insects fall inside the pitcher, they drown in the digestive juices and the hungry plants absorb their nutrients. The phallic resemblance of the pitcher plant is most obvious when Nepenthes’ The leaves are still growing and the container is closed.
The natural habitat of the carnivorous pitcher plant in Cambodia has declined due to agricultural expansion on private lands and the growth of tourism into protected areas, according to a 2021 study in the journal Nature. Cambodia Natural History Magazine.
Mey notes that while the plants look “fun,” picking them can jeopardize their survival.
“If people enjoy, even in a humorous way, posing, taking selfies with trees, that’s fine,” he said. “Just don’t pick the watering cans because it weakens the plants, because the plants need these pots to grow.”
Originally published on Live Science.
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