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Albany Pitcher Plant...plant of the week

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Friday, November 28, 2014/Categories: natural history, photography, environment, plants

The Albany pitcher plant ( Cephaloyus follicularis ) is an endemic species of carnivorous plants found only in a small area of southwestern Australia. The genus Cephalotus is unique and represented by a single species, in a single genus of the monotypic plant family, the Cephalotaceae. It has no close relatives to other carniverous plants and is closer evolutionarily and taxonomically to oaks and apples even at its tiny size.    

 
Albany Pitcher Plants, Cephalotus follicularis   (credit: SWP Media)

The Albany pitcher plant is a botanical gem prized by carnivorous plant lovers everywhere. It is threatened in the wild by over collection and land clearing.

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