June 26, 2019
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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."

- The NECPS 16th Annual Fall Carnivorous Plant Show -

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NECPS July Meeting

The next meeting of the NECPS will be held on July 20 at 10:30 AM at Bedford, New Hampshire.

Please note the earlier starting time.

We will meet at (Location To Be Determined) and carpool to the home of George Newman.

We will be visiting George Newman for a tour of his greenhouse and outdoor bog garden. With a silent auction of several plants. After lunch a field trip to Ponemah Bog in Amherst, New Hampshire.

Members are encouraged to bring their own lunches.

Carnivorous Plant Killing Machine in Alabama Swamps

The fleeting bloom of this beautiful flower is the only clue we get when it comes to finding the most sophisticated meat-eating plant in the world. Bladderworts are carnivorous aquatic plants, with members of the family found in all 50 states and around much of the globe. They are considered the fastest plants in the world, with a trap mechanism that can capture a bug in one hundredth of a second. Most are fully aquatic, although there are a few species that live in pitcher plant bogs. The species in this photo, the common bladderwort, makes its living in the swamps of Alabama and the coastal South, trapping and then eating all manner of tiny creatures, from one-celled animals such as planaria and amoeba, right up to baby fish and tadpoles.

While they are voracious predators, bladderworts have escaped the notoriety of their carnivorous cousins, the pitcher plants or the Venus fly trap, largely due to the fact that they grow underwater as opposed to on land. In fact, the only time you can figure out where bladderworts are growing is during the spring bloom.

The yellow flowers give away the presence of the bladderworts in this lily pad-covered bayou off Bay Minette Creek. The lily pads belong to an unrelated plant. The bladderwort flowers and the stems they stand on are the only part of the plant visible above the water's surface. See the flowers fading off into the distance, an indicator of just how many bladderworts are present in this section of swamp.

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Carnivorous Plant Fossils

Though there is debate among archeobotanists, the oldest carnivorous plant fossil may well be Archaeamphora longicervia, found in 2005 near Jinzhou, China. It is from the Early Cretaceous beds of the Yixian Formation, and is dated at 124.6 million years ago. Nine specimens have been found. Dr. Hongqi Li of Frostburg University notes the presence of pitcher shaped leaves, a tubular base, a phyllodia-like wing, a hood and rows of glands inside the leaves.

Also consider, researchers from the University of Göttingen in Germany have found two leaves of an amber embedded fossil that is has a striking resemblence to Roridula. Like the modern plant, the fossils posseses multicellular stalked glands (tentacles). The Eocene baltic amber is 35-37 million years old, and comes from the amber mine near Kaliningrad, Russia. Carnivorous plants can still be found in this same region today.

View more fossil images here

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Added a NEW Guide under "Growing Guides and Plant Care Sheets"

A Field Guide To Carnivorous Plants by Emily Hickey.

A carnivorous plant is a plant tha lures, captures,and igests insect prey. There are over 600 species of carnivorous plant worldwide, including about a dozen which grow natively in New England.

NECPS 16th Annual Carnivorous Plant Show Sept. 7 - 8

The NECPS 16th Annual Carnivorous Plant Show Board is now active in the forum should anyone wish to begin planning. As always we will be looking for Presenters as well as Vendors. Anyone wishing to help out with the show should contact one of the NECPS Officers early as time is quickly running out!

Why isn't it illegal when developers destroy Venus Flytraps?

Southeastern, N.C. - Archie Williams could spend the rest of his life in prison for poaching 216 Venus Flytrap plants out of Green Swamp Game Land in Bolivia.

If each of his 216 counts of felony taking of the vulnerable species is prosecuted, under the state's Class H felony sentencing guidelines, Williams could serve 72 years, to a maximum of 450 years. However, it's not likely Williams' maximum sentence gets carried out.

After news of the arrest, the first large-scale felony Venus Flytrap arrest in years, Port City Daily received multiple questions about the case. Readers wanted to know if something like this had happened before, and how the law worked. Readers also wanted to know: Why is it a felony for this person to take Venus Flytraps when developers frequently clear land with flytraps likely on it, without so much as a fine?

Turns out, the vulnerable species' protection is strongest on public lands. Taking just one Venus Flytrap from the public domain - a Class H felony - could result in four to 25 months in prison. Stealing the plant from someone else's private land, without written permission on hand, is also a felony.

However, under the state's plant conservation laws, specifically 02 NCAC 48F .0407 (3), property owners aren't required to obtain a Protected Plant Permit to collect or remove flytraps from their own property. But if they wanted to sell the plant, they would need the permit.

J.D. White, a Wildlife Resources Commission master officer, said his team has reason to believe Williams was in a pattern of stealing the tiny carnivorous plant. When White and his colleague approached Williams, White said they were lucky to catch him during his allegedly weekly routine.

The difference between what the officers caught Williams doing, and, say, what developers do, comes down to public versus private land use, according to White.

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