Nepenthes hamata is one of the very best species of tropical pitcher plant. The black hooks that line the pitcher’s mouth make escape impossible for insects and carnivorous plant collectors. This one is from the personal collection of Damon Collingsworth.
popularly known as tropical pitcher plants or monkey cups - they are a genus of carnivorous plants in the monotypic family Nepenthaceae. The genus comprises roughly 140 species, numerous natural and many cultivated hybrids.
Nepenthes hamata. Members of the pitcher plant genus are carnivorous; insects drown in the liquid filling the cup of the flower, and special glands in the cup absorb nutrients. The insides of the pitcher are slick, so that prey cannot crawl out.
The genus Nepenthes grows in nutrient poor tropical soils and has developed carnivory to supplement its nutrient requirements. Inside the ‘pitcher’ is a small pool of digestive fluids in which small insects drown and are digested. The colorful lip (or peristome) attracts prey, which lose footing on its slippery surface and fall into the pitcher fluid.