The carnivorous plant – discovered in the central Philippines and similar to the man-eating plant Audrey created by nerdy florist Seymour Krelborn in the 1986 film – is so big it can catch rats as well as insects in its traps.
Botanists named the remarkable plant Nepenthes attenboroughii in honour of natural history expert Sir David.
One of the scientists, Stewart McPherson, 26, said: “It’s definitely not a joke. There’s 120 different species all around the world. “This particular one was discovered as part of a survey to look at all of them. “It’s one of the largest, there’s only one or two that are any bigger. It is big enough to catch rats.”
The team said the structure of its leaves, pitchers and flowers suggests strongly that it is a close relative of the great Nepenthes rajah from Borneo and may be related to the Nepenthes flora of Palawan and Borneo.
It is one of 13 new species the team has discovered during three years of expeditions in south-east Asia.
Their findings were published in the Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society earlier this year.