The Carnivorous Plant FAQ v. 12

Q: Carnivorous plants of Southeast Asia and Pacifica

A: This is a geographically complicated region of oceanic countries, starting with Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, and Sumatra in the west, eastwards to Borneo and the Philippines, and then to New Guinea and all the other islands in the North and South Pacific (with the exception of New Zealand and the Chatham Islands). Yes, I include Pacific islands such as Hawai'i here.

The native carnivorous genera in this region are Aldrovanda, Byblis, Drosera, Nepenthes, and of course Utricularia.

Aldrovanda, Byblis
Aldrovanda is supposedly recorded on the island of East Timor. Byblis occurs in New Guinea.

All told, there are about a dozen species represented in the region, including a few endemics.

This genus is without a doubt, the carnivorous plant king, queen, and most other levels of royalty for the area! Nearly all the species in the genus are restricted to Southeast Asia. So you want to see Nepenthes? This is the place you want to go.

As usual, this genus makes a nice showing. This area has more than twenty species, several of which are endemic.

Page citations: Clarke, C. 1997, 2001; Fleischmann, A. & Lee, C.C. 2009; Rice, B.A. 2006a; Schlauer, J. 2002; Taylor, P. 1989.


Revised: 2018
©Barry Rice, 2018