Rat-eating plant discovered in Australia

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Sydney, Jan 22 (UNI) A rare new species of plant that eats small rats has been discovered at the tip of Cape York, Australia.

A new, larger species of pitcher plants, known as flesh-eating plants, that grow like a vine has been discovered.

The new species has been named ''Tenax''.

James Cook University ecologist Charles Clarke and a colleague found the new species at a swamp near the Jardine River, but did not disclose their exact location, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

''They are quite vulnerable. They are only found in a few small areas and if we broadcast the location then there are people out there who would take advantage of that,'' he said.

''There's a lot of interest in pitcher plants from Australia, in even people outside the country,'' he added.


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