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Teluk Bahang Monkey Cup Roundabout, Penang

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Teluk Bahang Monkey Cup Roundabout is one of the latest roundabouts in Penang to be beautified. It is now adorned with the giant sculptures of the Monkey Cup or pitcher plant, a genus known by its scientific name Nepenthes. The result is one of the most beautiful roundabouts in Penang.

Teluk Bahang Monkey Cup RoundaboutTeluk Bahang Monkey Cup Roundabout (19 May, 2012)

There are three different species of Monkey Cup featured at the Teluk Bahang Roundabout. The tallest of the three is Nepenthes albomarginata. Slightly shorter is Nepenthes gracilis. The shortest and most rotund of the three is Nepenthes ampullaria. All three species of Monkey Cup are found in Penang.

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N. albomarginata is endemic to Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo and Sumatra. Its pitcher measures up to 15 cm in length (or should I say, height). On the front side of the pitcher is a pair of fringed wings. N. gracilis is found in forested lowlands in Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo, Sulawesi, Sumatra and even Singapore. Bulbous in appearance, the Nepenthes ampullaria has one of the most adorable pitchers of the genus. It is found in damp, shady forests throughout Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo, Sumatra, Thailand, Singapore, the Maluku Islands and New Guinea.

The Teluk Bahang Monkey Cup Roundabout is where for main roads meet: Jalan Teluk Bahang, Jalan Titi Kerawang, Jalan Hasan Abas and Jalan Teluk Awak.

Location of the Teluk Bahang Roundabout on the map

Teluk Bahang Roundabout with N. ampullaria (left), N. gracilis (right) and N. albomarginata (behind)Teluk Bahang Roundabout with N. ampullaria (left), N. gracilis (right) and N. albomarginata (behind) (19 May, 2012)

Another view of the Teluk Bahang Roundabout with N. albomarginata (left), N. ampullaria (right) and N. gracilis (behind)Another view of the Teluk Bahang Roundabout with N. albomarginata (left), N. ampullaria (right) and N. gracilis (behind) (19 May, 2012)

Nepenthes albomarginataNepenthes albomarginata
Author: NepGrower (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5)

Nepenthes gracilisNepenthes gracilis
Author: Kurt Stüber (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported)

Nepenthes ampullariaNepenthes ampullaria
Author: Alfindra Primaldhi (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)

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