This vintage scientific illustration depicts tropical pitcher plants from the 19th-century. From the public domain book, Art Forms in Nature, this Ernst Haeckel Nepenthaceae illustration is part of a larger collection of illustrations depicting mammals and sea life at the turn on the century. You can view and download the complete book for free online.
Here are a few more fascinating facts about pitcher plants:
Pitcher plants are classified as an endangered plant species.
These plants consume insects and are interchangeably known as ‘carnivorous plants.’
To catch their prey, pitcher plants will use several trap mechanisms.
Pitcher plants grow in bogs and locations vulnerable to fires. They’re also adaptable and can grow in soil that’s lacking in nutrients.