Recently my blogger friend David visited Kuching and I suggested that he should visit Serikin. There are so many things to see and buy there. So off he went, he was definitely impressed with the hundreds of things sold there by the Indonesians. Serikin is near Indonesia border. The Indonesians come over to Sarawak on weekends to ply their ware. It ranges from Pitcher plant food for rm1 to rattan mat which is a favourite among the Malays from West Malaysia.
You can bargain with them till the cows come home. They are friendly folks but the weather there is really hot. You need to go early to see more things, shop, bargain and look around. It is an exciting place. Sort of like Little Bandung market.
What is Pitcher Plant? Well, it is a Meat Eater Plant , carnivorous plant. It is also called Monkey Cup. Its scientific name is Nepenthes.
Insects that fly or crawl are attracted to the cavity formed by its cupped leaf. The sides of the pitcher plant are slippery and insects that fell in usually cannot comb out. There are some liquid inside the pitcher plants that traps and drowns the insect. The body will gradually dissolve. The body dissolves tue to enzyme secreted by the plant or by bacteria action washed into the pitcher. Some pitcher plants contain mutualistic insect larvae, that feed on the trapped prey whose excreta the plant absorbs. The prey items sre then converted into a solution of amino acids, ammonium, urea, phosphates and peptides. The plant relies on the mineral nutrition for survival. Pitcher plants grow in places where the soil is lacking in minerals or too acidic for the plants to survive.
Coming back to our Pitcher Plant, it can be easily found in jungles of Borneo. The photo is taken from Bako National Park as my friend David went hiking on the Bako Trail.
If you are interested to go to Serikin, you can book the tour with us here: 4D3N Kuching & Serikin Shopping Tour