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Plants 2014, 3(2), 284-303; doi:10.3390/plants3020284

Four New Species of Nepenthes L. (Nepenthaceae) from the Central Mountains of Mindanao, Philippines

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Institute of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, Ulm University, 89081 Ulm, Germany
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Center for Biodiversity Research, Central Mindanao University, University Town, 8710 Musuan, Bukidnon, Philippines
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Friedhofweg 4, 88437 Maselheim, Germany
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In der Messe 27, 70327 Stuttgart, Germany
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Losburgstrasse 39, 73776 Altbach, Germany
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Frankfurter Ring 3, 80807 Munich, Germany
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3 rue Frédéric Chopin, 59320 Haubourdin, France
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Received: 20 February 2014 / Revised: 7 April 2014 / Accepted: 27 May 2014 / Published: 6 June 2014
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Abstract

Together with the islands of Sumatra (Indonesia) and Borneo (Indonesia, Malaysia), the Philippines are the main center of diversity for carnivorous pitcher plants of the genus, Nepenthes L. Nepenthes are the largest of all carnivorous plants, and the species with the biggest pitchers are capable of trapping and digesting small amphibians and even mammals. The central cordillera of Mindanao Island in the south of the Philippines is mostly covered with old, primary forest and is the largest remaining cohesive, untouched area of wilderness in the Philippines. In a recent field exploration of two areas of the central cordillera, namely Mount Sumagaya and a section of the Pantaron range, four new taxa of Nepenthes were discovered. These four remarkable new species, N. pantaronensis, N. cornuta, N. talaandig and N. amabilis, are described, illustrated and assessed. View Full-Text
Keywords: carnivorous pitcher plants; Nepenthes; biodiversity; Philippines carnivorous pitcher plants; Nepenthes; biodiversity; Philippines
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Gronemeyer, T.; Coritico, F.; Wistuba, A.; Marwinski, D.; Gieray, T.; Micheler, M.; Mey, F.S.; Amoroso, V. Four New Species of Nepenthes L. (Nepenthaceae) from the Central Mountains of Mindanao, Philippines. Plants 2014, 3, 284-303.

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