Re: Need scientific info on Nepenthes

Jan Schlauer (
Fri, 17 Nov 1995 12:16:37 +0100

Hello Bryan,

> I want to put some Nepenthes in our Aviary and the Vet. needs to
>know if the plants have any toxisity. If anybody can give me any info. I
>would be greatful.

_Nepenthes_ is known to contain (presumably acetogenic, cf. _Drosera_ and
_Triphyophyllum_!) naphthoquinones of mild toxicity. No alkaloids known (to
me - it would be terrific if anyone knew some!), no cyanogens, no iridoids,
no ellagic acid.

However, I would not call the plants harmless (they are e.g. rather
dangerous to ants...;-)).

Kind regards