Wednesday 18 May 2022 10:37 AM Cambodian officials plead the public to stop picking 'penis plants' trends now
Cambodian officials have asked the public to stop picking the 'carnivorous penis plant' over fears it might be driven to extinction.
The country's Ministry of Environment the plant 'will be ruined', in response to video circulating of three Cambodian women picking them on Bokor Mountain in Kampot.
The women can be seen excitedly gathering the penis plants and holding them up to their faces, while comparing their likeness to different penis shapes and sizes.
The plant, called Nepenthes bokorensis, has a long shaft-like tube that it uses to drown insects in and a curved lid that looks much like the head of the male genitalia.
Footage has circulated of three women excitedly and noisily picking the 'penis' plants and holding them in front of their faces
It has a long tube that resembles a pitcher, or a shaft of a penis, while a distinctive vaulted lid covers the tube, completing the phallic look (file photo)
The species, called Nepenthes bokorensis, is known as the carnivorous penis plant because of its appearance and feeding habits.
It supplements its diet with ants, which are trapped and digested after being lure by the plant's sweet nectar.
The plant has a long shaft-like tube that it uses to drown insects in and a curved lid that looks much like the head of the male genitalia.
N. bokorensis been compared to what is possibly the most famous carnivorous plant, the Venus fly trap ('the penis fly trap'), although it mostly consumes ants.
Cambodia's Ministry of Environment posted on Facebook: 'What they are doing is wrong and they should not do it again in the future.
'Thank you for loving natural resources, but do not pick the flowers, or they will be ruined,' the statement said, translated from Khmer to English.
According to Live Science, the name of the species is Nepenthes bokorensis – not Nepenthes holdenii as reported by some outlets, although both belong to the same genus.
They're known as 'pitcher plants'