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This watercolor and gouache painting is one in a series of highly detailed and botanically accurate works that are the result of many hours spent studying and drawing both wild and cultivated plants.
The plant shown is actually the terminus of a single leaf from a tropical vine in the genus Nepenthes. It is one of many 'Old World' pitcher plants that are native to South East Asia, Madagascar, the Seychelle Islands, Southern India, and Northern Australia. There are over 100 species and many cultivated hybrids and cultivars. The hollow pitcher leaves produce sweet nectar that attracts insects and a variety of small amphibians and even an occasional small mammal. The prey falls in, drowns and is digested, providing the plant with nitrogen and other plant nutrients.
Habitat destruction and illegal collecting is a threat to these often delicate and beautiful plants. Fortunately, many plants and cultivars are being grown all over the world by carnivorous plant enthusiasts and businesses who sell the plants. I have been growing, drawing and painting many different species of carnivorous plants since childhood and support the conservation of wetland habitat that these wonderful plants require to survive. For more information about carnivorous plants, visit the International Carnivorous Plant Society website: http://www.carnivorousplants.org/
These works have appeared as illustrations in various botanical journals and books, and are copyrighted. For licensing information, please contact: email@example.com
August 17th, 2011
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