Rat-eating plant named after David Attenborough

Have you ever played the excellent conversation starter, “If you could have anything named after you, what would you want and why?”  The possibilities are endless.  Sometimes I think I would like a majestic bridge named after me or a towering monument, but I can’t argue with people who go with a new discovered species of flora/fauna.  Some people even like the idea of having something so stupid and repulsive named after them. 

grren-360_602181aI hope Sir David Attenborough, a British naturalist, will be happy after a group of botonists named a newly discovered varietal of pitcher plant after him. 

Nepenthes attenboroughii, discovered on a remote mountain in the Philippines, is so big that small rodents can be trapped inside and slowly dissolved by flesh-eating enzymes. 

“You have to have names for things and and you run out after a bit,” Attenborough told the Times Online. “It’s just a compliment, but it’s very nice to receive compliments.”

It’s probably because this is not the first species named after him.  Among the honors he has received have been a spiny anteater in New Guinea, a rare tree in Ecuador and a marine reptile, the Attenborosaurus, that lived during the Jurassic period.

I would gladly settle for a man-hole cover.  Er, um, maybe like a highway.

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