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Pitcher plant in amber

Nepenthes (/nᵻˈpɛnθiːz/), also known as tropical pitcher plants, is a genus of carnivorous plants in the monotypic family Nepenthaceae. In the photo below we can see an insect was perhaps about to enter the pitcher and die when either the plant fell from the tree into the amber or a blob of amber fell on the flower, scientists who study amber flows are actually able to calculate fairly accurately the most likely scenario.

pitcher in amber



pitcher in amber

pitcher in amber Some scientific papers on flowers in amber (Although pitcher plants have been described in younger ambers such as Baltic amber from the Eocene epoch have been described no attempt has been made yet to document all the pitcher plants that occur in Burmite amber.)

Poinar, G.O.Jr., Buckley, R. & Chen, H. 2016. A primitive mid-Cretaceous angiosperm flower, Antiquifloris latifibris gen. & sp. nov., in Myanmar amber. Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 10(1), 155-162.

Poinar, G.O.Jr. & Chambers, K.L. 2005. Palaeoanthella huangii gen. and sp. nov., an Early Cretaceous flower (Angiospermae) in Burmese amber. Sida, 21(4), 2087-2092.

Poinar, G.O.Jr., Chambers, K.L. & Buckley, R. 2007. Eoëpigynia burmensis gen. and sp. nov., an Early Cretaceous eudicot flower (Angiospermae) in Burmese amber. Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1(1), 91-96.

Poinar, G.O.Jr., Chambers, K.L. & Buckley, R. 2008. An early Cretaceous angiosperm fossil of possible significance in rosid floral diversification. Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 2(2), 1183-1192.

Poinar, G.O.Jr., Chambers, K.L. & Wunderlich, J. 2013. Micropetasos, a new genus of angiosperms from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 7 (2), 745-750.

Our taxa list is based on the amazing work of Dr Andrew J. Ross who has prepared a newer updated list and kindly offers it for free download
Amber lovers and Paleos can dig up the latest updated version here:
http://www.nms.ac.uk/media/1154465/burmese-amber-taxa-v2017_2.pdf