Indian Pitcher Plant
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Indian Pitcher Plant
ative Photo: Thingnam Rajshree
Common name: Indian Pitcher Plant • Khasi: Tiew rakot
Botanical name: Nepenthes khasiana    Family: Nepenthaceae (Pitcher Plant family)

Indian Pitcher Plant is a carnivorous plant endemic to the Khasi hills of Meghalaya after which it is named. The species has a very localised distribution and is critically endangered. The Khasi people call the plant tiew-rakot, which means demon-flower or devouring-plant. The plant has long, oblong-lanceshaped leaves. Some unusual leaves first look like normal leaves, then develop a tendril at their tip, and finally the tip of the tendril develops an amazing pitcher, with a lid on top. As the pitcher matures, the lid turns a reddish hue. When an insect goes inside, the lid closes, and the insect is eventually digested. This is believed to be the only species of Pitcher Plant found in India.

Identification credit: Sankara Rao Photographed in Meghalaya.

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