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Guinumhay Peak and its Carnivorous Plants



On the second day of our climb in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, our team hit the trail towards the newly discovered peak of Guinumhay..

From the camp site of Ognop Tribal Filipino Community School it took us more than 2 hours of 3km trekking through the muddy and rolling trails that were recently created intended for the participants of the exploration of Guinumhay. Finding the trail became easy because of the ribbon markings placed on tree branches by the locals, though extreme caution is still needed for the high risk of falling and sliding on the slippery trails.

Guinumhay is 859 meters above sea level (masl) with coordinates of N 8°43.81” E125°59.74. This mountain peak is not the usual summit that mountaineers would expect. Far from the usual grassland summit; Guinumhay is home to some unique aggregation of flora from dwarf trees, orchids and the most eye catching plants, Nepenthes or the pitcher plants.

Pitcher plants are carnivorous plants that get it sustenance from the digested small animals from small insects to small vertebrates like frogs, small birds and even forest rats.

The surprising scenario in the area was the presence of more than 4 species of pitcher plant that thrive side by side and competing on the small space of the peak by climbing through the branches of shrubs and small trees. This Nepenthes habit  competes with the numerous species of orchids that were littered in the mossy environment. The compact and green  environment suggests that the habitat is still in excellent condition with abundant source of food and nutrients for plants’ growth and reproduction.

Guinumhay was discovered only last November 2011 and presents a good attraction for tourists/explorers to witness different species of pitcher plants in a single location. Barangay Mabuhay has passed  an ordinance in the protection of the entire location against cutting of important tree species and poaching of other unique, endemic species of flora and fauna in their area, thus, picking of pitchers is prohibited and punishable by law.

My appeal to my fellow explorers and mountaineers and the like, please always follow the rule of climbing: "Leave nothing but foot prints, take nothing but pictures , and kill nothing but time!"

Please never collect specimen samples from the area to lessen the disturbance and we may preserve such living treasure for the benefit of the future generation.

Nepenthes truncata


Nepenthes mindanaoensis

Nepenthes merrilliana


Nepenthes sp. (?)


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24 comments :

  1. wow those are beautiful. id love to see those in the wild

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  2. You're so lucky my friend to see those species of pitcher plants in real. Those are considered endangered ones. Keep up the good work my friend, continue your good service to humanities through Science. God bless.

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  3. Thanks Dennis! What a great site with these 4 species at one location. Keep on posting!
    Shawn

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  4. New sets of plants to be learned while appreciating your travel escapades.

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  5. Nakikita ko lang itong mga ito over the internet.kakatuwa naman that we have it here :)

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  6. Weird plants. This is the first time for me to see one. Hindi ba yan kasali sa flesh-eating species of plants?

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  7. We've got pitcher plants too back in Malaysia! We would use them as study subjects for high school biology since there were whole ecosystems within the pitcher of the plant. Amazing stuff :)

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  8. Wow... hindi ako nakakakita nito ng live puro pictures pala...


    http://manilarepublic.com

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  9. So weird...may plants palang carnivorous? Great info here bro.

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  10. wow! those plant species are amazing and its good to know that we have them here in the Philippines. These are the kinds of plants that helps to balance out our ecosystem. Agree! they should be protected and preserved.

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  11. i dont understand it became carnivorous??? anyways, it amused me the beauty of our nature. let's not take the dark side na polluted na tayo. we have the beautiful ones. we should focus more on that, right?

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  12. the pitcher attracts small animals like insect and small rats inside the pitcher, get drowned and slowly being digested using a specialized enzyme

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  13. I want to get one for our garden LOL

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  14. Wow... this is why I'll say "Philippines is a wonderful and blessed country" not only with good-heart people but also the vast and rich natural resources. You were lucky to climb and witness the "Rare" beauty.

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  15. Maria Gemma Defeo-HilotinNovember 22, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Interesting find! First time to see a pitcher plants! Do they sell seeds?

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  16. Trekking is truly more fun in the Philippines! Yay!

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  17. Maria Estrella LedesmaNovember 22, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    I do not like mountains so I really appreciate reading posts like this because I learn a lot of things that I would otherwise not know about...like this beautiful but scary plant :)

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  18. Some of these plants look kinda scary. Pardon the ignorance of a person who rarely gets the chance to get out of Manila. Someday ...

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  19. the pitcher plant looks really scary and yet pretty.. I wonder how the inside of each plant looks.. and how the animals are digested/ eaten when it is inside.. now you made me read more about pitcher plants! haha

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  20. This pitcher plant is amazing. I can't imagine how it's become carnivorous so, I made some research. It has actually a pitfall trap. Small insects like flies are being attracted to it because of its cupped leaf and the small bodies of liquid in the pitcher trap drown the insects and eventually dissolved inside.

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  21. The natural, wonderful creations of God will always be more amazing that the artificial creations of man (gadgets). This blog article is once again proof. I'll show this to my kids.

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  22. ano po ang local name nito?

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  23. pitcher plants @mark

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