The Carnivorous Plant FAQ v. 11.5
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The International Carnivorous Plant Society

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.

This plant is supposedly recorded on the island of East Timor. Otherwise, it is absent from this region.

The species B. liniflora--mostly restricted to Australia, also occurs in New Guinea. Some speculate that the New Guinean plants might actually be B. filifolia.

A few species of Drosera occur in the region; from this list D. neocaledonica and D. spatulata var. bakoensis are the only sundews endemic to the area. The reported occurrence of D. rotundifolia in New Guinea is a matter of considerable speculation:

This genus is without a doubt, the carnivorous plant king, queen, and most other levels of royalty for the region! Nearly all the species in the genus are restricted to Southeast Asia, and to avoid duplication of FAQ content I will merely point you to the following references:
Nepenthes of Borneo
Nepenthes of Sumatra
Nepenthes of Peninsular Malaysia
Nepenthes of the Philippines
Nepenthes of Sulawesi, Waigeo, and New Guinea
Nepenthes of a few other areas

As usual, this genus makes a nice showing with several species that are endemic to the region treated on this page:

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


Revised: January 2010
©Barry Rice, 2005