Nepenthes madagascariensis

R Britt (
Sun, 20 Mar 1994 10:23:30 -0800 (PST)

There was an interesting article in the Sacramento Bee today
about the ethnic origin of the peoples of Africa. This article,
written by Jared Diamond of Discover magazine, points out that the people
who live in Madagascar are predominantly Indonisian. The island is
thought to have been colonized in prehistoric times by Indonisian
seafarers. It seems to me that this raises the possibility that Nepenthes
were brought to the island some thousands of years ago. This is a very
different model for the origin of the species on the island than the
"continental drift" model discussed by Kurata for example. Does anyone
know of the recent scientific thought on this matter?

-David B