January 26, 2020
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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 February Meeting

The February NECPS meeting will be held on Saturday, February 15th at 12:30 PM at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center (directions).

This month's meeting will feature a lecture on Heliamphora given by NECPS President Dave Sackett.

The genus Heliamphora contains the oldest and most simple carnivorous plants. These Sun pitchers plants are found in Venezuela and Brazil in South America where they grow in areas with Table Mountains. The carnivorous plant species such as Heliamphora heterodoxa, Heliamphora ionasi, Heliamphora tatei, Heliamphora minor and Heliamphora nutans occur only in these mountains. The larger species of this carnivorous plant are Heliamphora ionasii and Heliamphora tatei and these exotic pitchers grow to be up to 50 centimetres in height. Heliamphora tatei produces stems that can grow up to 1 metre high.

A silent auction is also being planned.

ICPS Photo Contest 2020

Enter your photos for a chance to WIN one of three 1-year ICPS memberships!

The ICPS is having a photo contest to celebrate the Conference 2020 in Himeji, Japan. The contest is open to ICPS members and fans of the ICPS on Facebook.

Entry Deadline: All entries must be submitted by April 30, 2020.


  • Portraits of Carnivorous Plants (a single plant or collection)
  • Carnivorous Plants in the Wild (photos taken of plants in their natural habitat)
  • People and Plants (Wacky or serious photo of carnivorous plants and the people who love them)

View the Contest Rules here.

The Internaional Carnivorous Plant Society

A Growing Concern: Is It Ever OK To Steal Plant Cuttings?

In December, Cory Jarrell of Portland, Oregon, posted a photo he never imagined he would have to share with his 16,000 Instagram followers: loose, limp cuttings of plants, pinched off without permission from over a dozen rare plants.

Jarrell's specialty plant shop, Potted Elephant, had suffered a fate experienced by a small but growing number of nurseries, shops and botanical gardens in the wake of the booming specialty plant market: unscrupulous collectors and sellers pilfering cuttings (and sometimes, entire plants) without permission in order to resell online and net a profit.

At Potted Elephant, the thief cut tendrils of philodendron, variegated monstera and scindapsus from live plants in his greenhouse - some from Jarrell's personal collection of rare plants. Jarrell, who had taken attendees on a tour of the greenhouse, happened to notice a cutting missing from a plant, just after the last person had walked out.

He confronted the thief and could not believe his eyes when she opened her bag: "There was just a pile of cuttings in her bag." Jarrell called Portland police, then had to walk back inside his greenhouse and sit down, in shock.

With a backpack filled with segments of Potted Elephant's rarest and most valuable specimens, the perpetrator knew which plants to look for, says Jarrell - he estimates the theft represented about $2,000 in total loss for the shop, including damage done to the original plants themselves. Portland police charged the perpetrator with theft and vandalism. She later pleaded guilty to second-degree theft, and was sentenced to one year probation and ordered to pay restitution to Potted Elephant. But some of the plants will be nearly impossible to replace, such as the inky black "dark form" scindapsus that, according to Jarrell, is only grown by a handful of people in the US.

Or read the lengthy article here

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ICPS Conference 2020 Japan Invitation

The 13th ICPS Conference will be held in Himeji Japan on May 22-24, 2020. Himeji is renowned for its castle, which is a World Heritage site and one of Japan's most beautiful and well-preserved castles. The conference will be held at a site just 8-minutes walk away from this historical masterpiece.

The conference will be held in the Large Hall on the 6th floor of the Biz-Space, a conference facility which is located a 7-minute walk from Himeji Station, within walking distance of more than 20 hotels. During the 3-day conference, plant exhibitions and sales booths will be open in the Middle Hall on the 5th floor of the Biz Space.

The lectures and poster presentations will cover diverse topics including leading-edge scientific research, informative reports from carnivorous plant habitats all over the world, and horticultural techniques. Lectures will be translated by professional interpreters to encourage participation and discussion between Japanese and Western participants.

The conference dinner will be held in the banquet room "Ciel" on the 14th floor of the Hotel Monterey Himeji, located directly north of Himeji Station, on Saturday May 23. There you can enjoy a good mix of Japanese and Western cuisines and Japanese sake and wine, together with an impressive nighttime view of Himeji Castle through the windows.

On Monday May 25, there will be a special day trip by bus to two botanical gardens near Himeji. In the Tegarayama Conservatory Botanical Garden, many Nepenthes hybrids created in Japan can be seen as well as giant Nepenthes truncata (50-cm tall pitcher). The Hyogo Pref. Flower Center has Japan's premier collection of carnivorous plants, and is one of the reasons we chose Himeji as the conference site. Don't miss this opportunity to meet the colossal Nepenthes clipeata, N. pervillei, and N. khasiana grown there!

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