Sunday, November 07, 2010

Periok Kera @ Pitcher plant...

When I was a kid playing in the bush in between the rubber trees I would come across this  wonderful plant that we call Monkey Pot. It just grows wild and most of the time we would watch how it trapped the insects into it. It is one of the plant that is alive and could trap insects and then the pot's lid would closed. 

As we progress on this plant soon disappears from the bushes. Nowadays it has been breed and grown by farmers and sold in pots for display in garden. I recently bought one and it is now growing in my little garden. 

The images in this posting shows the plants as it grows. Such a unique plant and with the kind of attention I believe this species would live on to enriched the ecosystem of our garden. 

Have a nice day. [These images are taken with Macro lens; click to enlarge]


Wan Sharif said...

Very nice pictures of an intriguing plant. I did find the pitcher plants on most of my geological fieldtrips but I did not bring them home as I believed they would fare and look better in the wild.. a rather obvious conclusion as I did not love gardening.. ha..ha

louis said...

Hi Idrus,

A most unusual flower. Glad i got to see some real ones in the wild.

zafi said...

Ive tried to grow it in here. where I bought it in Eden Project for GBP5 per pot! end up it died! :( I dont know what's going wrong!

~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

Pak Idrus, Lat drew an illustration in his Kampung Boy showing how the village boys imagined the monkeys drinking out of the periuk kera. It is hilarious. Lat's imagination is wonderful indeed.

Temuk said...

Pak Idrus
Lovely shots of such a wonderful plant!

Mine had no pitchers or flowers earlier on. Now, it has a two-ft stalk of tiny flowers and several pitchers to show off. Some of the pitchers are still small, with their lids closed! My friend told me that the mature pitchers must always have some water inside them. Apparently, the water and other stuff trapped in the pitchers would provide them with the necessary nutrients.

Pak Idrus said...

Wan Sharif, thanks for the visit and sharing your thoughts on the subject of this posting. Agreed that these plants should be left in the wild to flourished. But then not everyone like us are lucky to see it in the wild, so commercialization in a way gave the others the opportunity to see this wonder plant.

Well, I happens to love gardening and this plants do add joy to my life.

Have a nice day.

Pak Idrus said...

louis, thanks for the visit. Yes we are a lucky generation that got to enjoy this wonder plant in the wild, unlike the present generation who have to go to the florist to see it. Well things has change and hope that this plant would survived to the next century.

Have a nice day.

Pak Idrus said...

zafi. thanks for the visit and sharing your thoughts on the subject of this posting. It is not easy to grown this plant and one have to take great care in providing the right condition for it to grow well,like a porous soil and to see that there is always water in the pitcher.

Try again and I believe if you give more love to it, it would bear fruits.

Have a nice day.

Pak Idrus said...

~Covert_Operations'78~, Ee Lynn thanks for the visit and sharing your thoughts on the subject of this posting relating it to Lat's cartoon. Yes his imagination is fantastic and I alwys enjoy his way of cartooning.

Have a nice day.

Pak Idrus said...

Temuk, thanks for the visit and the good words on my kind of photography. As well sharing your thoughts on the subject of this posting, the Pitcher plant.

Yes at first I did not know that there must be water in that pitcher, so now I see to it that there is always water there. Mine too is growing and I hope it would bear more pitchers as it grows. Love watching it grows.

Have a nice day.

Sharifah said...

This is a great post, Pak Idrus. I enjoyed reading about this heritage plant, and it has such an imaginative name!