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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 16th Annual Fall Carnivorous Plant Show -

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- The NECPS 16th Annual Fall Carnivorous Plant Show -

This year our Annual Show will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Sunday, September 8, 2019 , 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA.

Setup/Breakdown: We can begin setting up as early as 7:30 AM on Saturday. We MUST begin breaking down at 3:00 PM on Sunday! Sorry, but Tower Hill has another event that is scheduled to begin at 4:00 PM and we MUST be out before then!

Additonal Info: When you arrive to bring your plants, drive past the visitor parking on your left and the main building on your right. You will find a temporary parking spot at the top of the hill. Park here for loading/unloading purposes only! You will need to move your car to the visitor parking area after you are done unloading.

Inside, there will be a tag and tag holder for each plant you registered waiting for you in the exhibition room (called classroom A and B) to your right just after you enter through the back doors. Please label your plants with the tags/tag holders and place your plants to the assigned tables by the genus.

For questions and additional information please contact Shaun Montminy.

This Carnivorous Plant Invaded New York. That May Be Its Only Hope.

Across their kayaks, the three men passed the green shoot back and forth. Occasionally, one of them would cradle it in one palm and bring a hand lens to it with the other, inspecting the carnivorous plant that was their bounty.

By day's end, the group - Seth Cunningham and Michael Tessler, biologists at the American Museum of Natural History, and John Thompson, coordinator of the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership - filled eight vials with the plant, Aldrovanda vesiculosa, also known as the waterwheel.

The plant shouldn't be in this small, privately owned pond in Orange County, N.Y., and it presents an ecological conundrum.

Around the world, the waterwheel is going extinct. But from summer through late fall, the carnivorous, rootless, wetland-loving plant is plentiful in this swampy body of water near the Catskill Mountains.

"It's either site zero for saving a species," Dr. Tessler said, "or site zero for a really big problem."

Think of the waterwheel as an underwater Venus flytrap. Its whorled shoots are tiny, typically shorter than eight inches and less than an inch thick. But for a plant, its diet is impressive: seed shrimp, shell-less crustaceans, insect larvae, and occasionally even tadpoles and small fish.

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New Species of Carnivorous Plant Found in Maryland

Maryland Department of Natural Resources: Botanists from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and The Nature Conservancy recently confirmed the discovery of a new plant species in Maryland - the dwarf sundew (Drosera brevifolia). Local volunteer botanist Chase Howard discovered and reported the plant growing in open areas with wet, peaty sand in Worcester County.

This is the first record of this species growing in Maryland. Prior to this discovery, Virginia was the northern range limit. Dwarf sundew is an insectivorous plant with a unique way of catching its prey. The paddle-shaped leaves of the sundew form a rosette at the base and are densely covered with hairs that exude a clear, sticky liquid, which attracts and traps various kinds of insects. It then uses the nutrients from the prey animals as fertilizer.

"This clever plant has adapted to life in very nutrient-poor environments," Maryland Department of Natural Resources community ecologist Jason Harrison said. "Discoveries like this continue to show that we're not done learning about Maryland's biodiversity."

Dwarf sundew is now the smallest of four sundew species known to Maryland. One of the more common sundews is Spatula-leaved sundew (Drosera intermedia), which is known to exist in open wetlands in southern and eastern portions of the state. Two other sundews, Pink sundew (Drosera capillaris) and Roundleaf sundew (Drosera rotundifolia), are much more rare and usually found in very acidic wetlands with peaty soils.

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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.

Bug-eating Pitcher Plants Found To Consume Young Salamanders, Too

ScienceDaily: In a paper published this week in the journal Ecology, the research team reports what integrative biologist Alex Smith calls the "unexpected and fascinating case of plants eating vertebrates in our backyard, in Algonquin Park."

Pitcher plants growing in wetlands across Canada have long been known to eat creatures -- mostly insects and spiders -- that fall into their bell-shaped leaves and decompose in rainwater collected there.

But until now, no one had reported this salamander species caught by a pitcher plant in North America, including Canada's oldest provincial park, a popular destination where the plants have been observed for hundreds of years.

Noting how long the park has held its secret -- despite generations of visiting naturalists, its proximity to major cities and a highway running through its southern end -- Smith said, "Algonquin Park is so important to so many people in Canada. Yet within the Highway 60 corridor, we've just had a first."

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