December 08, 2016
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New England Carnivorous Plant Society


"The mission of the New England Carnivorous Plant Society shall be to share, to gain knowledge of, and to achieve expertise in all phases of growing, education, appreciation, and conservation of carnivorous plants in both culture and in native habitats."

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NECPS December Meeting - Nov 05, 2016 by Webmaster
This month’s meeting will be held on Saturday, December 10 at 12:30 PM At the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center,1000 Elmwood Ave., Greenhouse #3, Providence, RI - (directions)

This month’s gathering will feature our Annual Holiday Party and Yankee Swap!

For those who have never attended a Yankee Swap before, all you need to participate in the swap is to bring a carnivorous plant related gift, gift-wrapped and valued at about $10 or more. Any Society member bringing a gift is welcome to take part. The Yankee swap is lots of fun and can sometimes be more cutthroat than our usual silent auctions. You never know what will happen, or what you may end up with until the very end!

In addition we will be holding a silent auction.

Refreshments will be available and members are encouraged to bring additional food and snacks to add to the enjoyment of our holiday party.

Volunteers Are STILL Needed for the Connecticut Flower & Garden Show! - Nov 08, 2016 by Webmaster
We have the opportunity to set up a booth at the upcoming Connecticut Flower & Garden Show at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT on February 23-26 2017. We are looking for volunteers who can help us with set up and tear down and to man the booth during the show. The theme for this year is "Woodland Enchantment". We need ideas for a 10x10 exhibition.

Also we still need a contact person who can act as the intermediary between Flower Show and the Society.

Botanist leads petition to give Venus Flytrap endangered species protection - Oct 25, 2016 by Webmaster Despite being well known, hugely popular, and widely cultivated, wild populations of the Venus flytrap have declined greatly in number and extent. This species only grows in one region -- the coastal plains of the Carolinas.  Wild plants here are threatened by illegal poaching, development pressures, storm surges, and the loss of wet pine savanna habitats that are damp, open, and burn regularly.  Given its declines and these direct and indirect threats to its persistence, we petition the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the Venus Flytrap as Endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

Sign the petition

Got News? - Oct 23, 2016 by Webmaster
If there is a meeting or other event that the NECPS will be participating in, or some other carnivorous plant related news item that you would like to share? Please forward the information to the webmaster so that it can be included here

Has your email address changed? Have you been missing our newsletter? You can update your email address or other contact information by visiting the Contact page.

Membership dues: Are payable at or before the January meeting.

It's a trap! Micro monster takes Olympus BioScapes photo prize - Dec 04, 2016 by Webmaster
NBC News: It's hard to know whether to gasp or laugh at the winning picture in this year's Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition.

One thing's for sure: The humped bladderwort is no laughing matter to its prey. That is, if insects and other tiny critters could laugh. Like the Venus flytrap, the bladderwort is carnivorous: When an insect touches its trigger hairs, the plant sucks the bug inside its trap and digests it.

Igor Siwanowicz's first-place picture shows the bladderwort's open trap, with the bases of trigger hairs visible in the center of the dome-shaped entrance at the top. You can see an assortment of single-celled green algae sitting at the bottom of the trap. The red in the image comes from chlorophyll's innate fluorescence.

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Watercolor Painting of Pinguicula ramosa - Nov 11, 2016 by Webmaster
Pinguicula ramosa is a carnivorous plant that belongs to the Lentibulariacea family.  It produces sticky dewy leaves and flower stalks that attract, catch, and digest insects.  It is endemic to mountains of Nikko National Park area in Japan.  Only 5 sites are known to host the species to date.  P. ramosa grows on the walls of cliffs and gorges made of volcanic rocks between 1500 to 2000m in altitude.  The surface of the rocks where they grow is typically moist and fragile, and are often subjected to falling rocks and landslides.  For reasons as yet unknown, it is extremely difficult to grow this plant in cultivation. Therefore, the species is critically endangered, and any record such as this botanical art is of dire importance. 

This species is unique in the way that the flower stalks branch out at the midpoint to hold two to four flowers.  It flowers almost perpendicular to the cliffs they grow on.  However, when the seed pods are produced, the flower stalks will bend backwards towards the cliff, thereby sowing the seeds where they can grow.


NECPS Vice President Emmi Kurosawa presented her first CP watercolor painting a ‘Pinguicula ramosa’ in a joint exhibition between the New England Society of Botanical Artists and the Guild of Natural Scientific Illustrators at the Akillian Gallery at Massasoit Community College, Canton MA, Nov. 2-Dec 2.


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