ethnobotany moment of the day: native peoples in Southeast Asia using wild carnivorous pitcher plant traps to cook rice in bc honestly why not??? apparently it’s a totally chill and normal food and it’s sold in farmers markets and stuff. heres the recipe thats most popular to use too (transcribed in the left photo) in case you can’t read it:
“1. Take 24 large pitchers. Wash carefully, then soak in several changes of water, preferably overnight. Soak 1kg of glutinous rice overnight.
2. Cut off pitcher trendils.
3. Boil the rice with coconut milk and salt.
4. Wash and cut up two cupfuls of fresh prawns. Finely slice half a cup of red onions. Pound a knob of shrimp paste, 4 or 5 chilled, a few spring onions and a few celery leaves. Combine the pounded ingredients with the prawns and fry in a small amount of oil until fragrant.
5. When the rice is half cooked, remove pan from fire. Cool water slightly. Half full the pitchers with rice, add one tablespoon of the fried mixture. Fill up the pitcher with rice.
6. Stand the pitchers in a steamer, cover, steam over boiling water for half an hour. Serve hot or cold.”
(from “Pitcher Plants of the Old World Volume 1 by Stewart McPherson, pages 204+205)
I thought I would share a look inside my carnivorous plant terrarium! Among these species are various Nepenthes, Heliamphora, some Utricularia, Drosera, and some non-carnivorous Tillandsia (Air Plants). Enjoy plant enthusiasts of Tumblr!
aliferous: what makes you feel free ? aurora: do you have a movie you would be willing to watch at any time ? balter: describe your favourite kind of happy. cafune: do you have a crush ? catharsis: what do you do when under stress ? charmolypi: how are you feeling right now ? dulcet: describe your happiest memory. ethereal: if you could change one thing in this world, what would it be ? eutony: what is your favourite quote ? halcyon: name ten things that make you happy. irenic: describe your ideal future. kalon: name three things you like about your appearance. lacuna: was there someone / something that helped you get over a difficult period of time ? lilt: what languages do you speak ? ludic: name three songs you can never skip. nefelibata: do you prefer creating or appreciating ? nepenthe: what motivates you ? nubivagant: what are you thinking about right now ? scintilla: what are your favourite names ? sirimiri: do you love rain ? if you do, what kind ? viridity: what kind of person would you want to be remembered as ?
Native to the montane forests of Northen Sumatra, (typically 1800 - 2100 metres above sea level) N. jamban is distinct among Nepenthes in its particularly infundibular (funnel shaped) pitchers and its narrow operculum containing 20 - 30 visible glands concentrated at its apex. (glands not visible in these photos.
Top left is a terrestrial pitcher while top right and bottom are upper pitchers. (a particular Nepenthes species’pitchers size and shape is usually affected by whether or not a pitcher is close to or on the ground or attatched to the climbing vine and therefore elevated. Lower pitchers tend to be larger, wider and more colourful while upper pitchers are more slender and less colourful, FYI. :))