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New England Carnivorous Plant Society

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"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."

- The NECPS 15th Annual Fall Carnivorous Plant Show -

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NECPS August Meeting

The August meeting of the NECPS will take place on August 18th at 12:30 pm at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA. We will be holding a planning and discussion meeting for our upcoming 15th Annual Fall Carnivorous Plant Show and a silent auction.

Members should all bring their membership cards to avoid paying the Tower Hill $15 Admission Fee.

Shaun will generate a current list of active members and will send a copy to Tower Hill staff the day before the meeting. Tower Hill prints the list out and will leave a copy at the gate. If there are any questions about membership status or other general questions about membership, please contact our Membership Secretary Shaun Montminy @Membership Inquiries from our Contact Page.

NECPS Secretary Needed
We are still looking for someone who could fulfill the position of NECPS Secretary. The candidate should be an officer who keeps records, takes meeting minutes and performs other clerical work. This candidate would be willing to help coordinate events and be a responsible intermediate between the venue and the NECPS.

If you or someone you know would be interested in this position please contact Emmi Kurosawa.

NECPS 15th Annual Carnivorous Plant Show

Show planning for the NECPS 15th Annual Carnivorous Plant Show, which is being held on September 8th and 9th this year is now under way! Last year we had a record attendance of 2,894! Lets see if we can do even better this year! Post your questions, comments and suggestions below in the Show Planning Discussion Board.

Show Planning Discussion Board

The Weird World Inside a Pitcher Plant

The New York Times: A species of pitcher plant found in Singapore isn't very good at dissolving the prey it catches, but it gets nutritional help from worm larvae that live and eat within its maws.

On the soggy floor of one of the only remaining intact forests on the island nation of Singapore, the egg-sized heads of carnivorous creatures emerge from decaying leaves. They appear to be belching, or singing, or screaming out the catch phrase of their cousin in Hollywood - "Feed me Seymour."

This is Nepenthes ampullaria, an unusual pitcher plant found on the islands of Southeast Asia and the Malay Peninsula. And its "Seymour" is the worm larva of Xenoplatyura beaveri, a species of fungus gnat that develops inside the plant's mouth. When grown, it looks like a mosquito with big biceps.

They've got a strange relationship, these two.

The plant gives the gnat baby a safe place to eat and develop. In exchange, the baby builds a web across the plant's lips, captures and eats other insects and then defecates into its maw, or pitcher. The plant eats the ammonium-rich droppings. And all is well in this miniature world of weird.

It's not romantic. It's not sweet. But researchers call this relationship "mutualistic" in a study published Wednesday in Biology Letters. Their findings, based on laboratory experiments that simulated this insect-plant interaction in the wild, suggest that cohabitation may have its benefits for these two obscure organisms. How tiny pitcher plant communities like this one and others the group is studying function may reveal secrets of plant and insect life, said Weng Ngai Lam, a graduate student in botany at the National University of Singapore, who led the research.

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Have an idea for a presentation or demonstration? 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.

Volcano relief Leilani Nepenthes - Fundraiser for Samuel Estes

Leilani Nepenthes Nursery was located on the big island of Hawaii. It was a family owned business and one of the largest collections of nepenthes in the world. Their nursery and home have been completely lost to the volcanic activity there. Not only did they lose there livelihood and possessions, but also very rare and endangered plants from around the world. Almost 30 years of business gone in only a few days. Please help in supporting Lelani Nepenthes.

Click here to support Volcano relief Lelani Nepenthes

The Carnivorous Plant That Scared Charles Darwin

ABC Science: Who do you barrack for: the hunter or the prey? The leopard or the gazelle? The frog or the snake? The fly or the flytrap? Enter the glittering and sensual world of plants with a thirst for blood.

It was an astounded Charles Darwin who scientifically confirmed that plants could capture and digest prey, after years drawing them, studying them and becoming immersed in their intricate biology.

He wrote in 1860: "I care more about Drosera than the origin of all the species."

In the same letter, he noted: "I am frightened and astounded at my results ... Is it not curious that a plant should be far more sensitive to a touch than any nerve in the human body!"

Mr Bourke says: "Of course, at the time it was blasphemous to suggest that a plant could've turned the tides and be eating animal prey, but Charles Darwin was fascinated by this plant.

Darwin delayed the publication of his thesis on insectivorous plants for another 15 years.

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International Carnivorous Plant Society Conference 2018

August 3-5, 2018 with scheduled field trips August 7-10, 2018

Conference Information & Registrations
Conference Registration is $125.
Sunday Banquet Dinner Registration is $75.
Field Trip Registration is $1000 and includes all transportation, meals, and lodging.

Hosted by the Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society (BACPS), the oldest carnivorous plant society in the United States, in partnership with the world renowned carnivorous plant nursery California Carnivores.

International Carnivorous Plant Society Conference 2018

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