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Nepenthes, the tropical pitcher plant, also known as the monkey jar plant or monkey cup plant, belongs to the Nepenthaceae family, which is the only genus in the pitcher plant family. Currently, over 100 different species of pitcher plants have been identified. Some of these species grow as semi-shrubs, while others resemble vines with tendrils that cling to other plants. Although native to Southeast Asia, these fascinating plants can also be found in India, Australia, and Madagascar. Nepenthes primarily thrive in the ever-humid tropics and can adapt to varying altitudes.
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