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Published on Jun 1, 2009
(This film participated in the ChloroFilms Video Contest. Please find more information at www.ChloroFilms.org)
The African liana Triphyophyllum peltatum is the largest of all carnivorous plants (CP) on earth, but strange enough the rarest in cultivation. Due to civil wars and difficult conditions the Western African rainforests are poorly explored and for a long time not very much was known about the hooked leaved lianas of the botanical family Dioncophyllaceae. Thanks to the generous donation of photos from a pioneering project at the University Wuerzburg (Germany) by Dr. Jan Schlauer and Dr. Heiko Rischer, and even first video shots from the habitat in Sierra Leone by Stewart McPherson, we are now able to show the complete live-cycle of the really clandestine carnivorous plant Triphyophyllum peltatum. This film has been edited as a lecture for the European CP Conference 2008 in Mira, Italy.