Ground pitchers.

Nepenthes ampullaria Ground pitchers. Photographed in Mulu National Park, Malaysia (Borneo). Note that no leafblades are visible. Nepenthes ampullaria is notable for only having ground- and rosette-pitchers but no real upper pitchers. Climbing vines grow short side shoots which grow as rosettes with highly reduced leafblades. Pitchers on the ground trap for ants and other small animals.

Copyright by Andreas Wistuba. The photograph may be downloaded for private use and may be used by the ICPS. The photograph may not be used commercially or for publications without permission by Andreas Wistuba (

Photo Info
Name: [Nepenthes ampullaria]
Credit: Andreas Wistuba, ( from Photo-CD, scanned by Kodak/Germany.
Date: 1991