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Book Review: Pitcher Plants of Borneo

Pitcher Plants of Borneo

Author: Anthea Pillips and Anthony Lamb

Illustrations by Susan M. Phillips

Number of page: 171

Format: Hardcover

Size: 297 x 210 mm

Price: RM 65

By: E. I. Ahmad-Kamil

Despite being a book meant to describe Pitcher Plants for Borneo, I read it with quite excitement. Like reading a really interesting novel that I want to know more till I reach the end. The book started of about the largest pitcher plant in the world which can be found in Mt. Kinabalu. It also explains the early discovery of pitcher plants by botanist whom I know by name, Burkill, Becarrii, Wallace, Rajah Brooke and many more. 

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The book has a dedicated chapter to explain more about the pitcher plant – its modified leaf structure, attractive zone and digestive zone. It also explains the habitat, ecology and even food chain inside the pitcher plant itself. You will also get to find out about folklore related to the plant as well as its traditional uses as treatment for many diseases. Care to know why exactly its being called a pitcher plant? Dig into this book to know more. 

Finally, the book gave illustrations of pitcher plants found in Borneo including the world's largest pitcher plant, Rajah Brooke's Pitcher Plant. 

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It may look like a textbook for fellow botanist, but it is very interesting and easy to understand for common lay person. Like to know more about pitcher plants? This will be a good addition to your collection of textbooks as well as your coffee book table. 

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This book is now available for only RM 100 only. 

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