October 13, 2015
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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 November Meeting - Oct 11, 2015 by Webmaster
The meeting location and other details on the upcoming November NECPS meeting have yet to be announced.

Watch for the November NECPS newsletter for the announcement.

NECPS Award Winners Announced - Sep 12, 2015 by Webmaster
Award Winners from the 12th Annual NECPS Fall Carnivorous Plant Show

Member Voting
Place    Category    Grower    Plant name
First         Aldrovanda    Emmi Kurosawa    Aldrovanda vesiculosa
Second    Aldrovanda    Matt Opel    Aldrovanda vesiculosa
First         Byblis    Matt Opel    Byblis liniflora
First         Cephalotus    Jeff Matteson    Cephalotus follicularis
Second    Cephalotus    Dave Sackett    Cephalotus follicularis
First         Darlingtonia    Luca Leeser    Darlingtonia californica
Second    Darlingtonia    Emmi Kurosawa    Darlingtonia  californica
First         Dionea    Jeff Matteson    Dionea muscipula
Second    Dionea    Jeff Matteson    Dionea muscipula
First         Drosera    Jeff Matteson    Drosera  graomogolensis
Second    Drosera    Marge Matteson    Drosera spatulata
Second    Drosera    Johnny  Maiocchi    Drosera  spiralis
Second    Drosera    Emmi Kurosawa    Drosera capensis
First         Drosophyllum    Donald Gallant    Drosophyllum Lusitanicum
First         Genlisea    Dave Sackett    Genlisea    hispidula
Second    Genlisea    Emmi Kurosawa    Genlisea violacea x lobata
First         Heliamphora    Emmi Kurosawa    Heliamphora nutans ssp ‘Giant'
Second    Heliamphora    Dave Sackett    Heliamphora    pulchella
First         Nepenthes    Ryan Georgia    Nepenthes hamata
Second    Nepenthes    Timothy Estep    Nepenthes ventricosa
Second    Nepenthes    Nicole Syrlik    Nepenthes  spathulata x ventricosa
Second    Nepenthes    Emmi Kurosawa    Nepenthes talangensis x maxima (x Lady Pauline)
First         Pinguicula    Johnny  Maiocchi    Pinguicula gypsicola
Second    Pinguicula    Johnny  Maiocchi    Pinguicula cyclosecta
First         Roridula    Matt Opel    Roridula dentata
First         Sarracenia    Maryellen Matteson    Sarracenia Judith Hindle hybrid
Second    Sarracenia    Steve Branchaud    Sarracenia purpurea ssp purpurea
Second    Sarracenia    Steve Branchaud    Sarracenia purpurea ssp purpurea
Second    Sarracenia    Dave Schloat    Sarracenia  x 'Catesbeii'
First         Utricularia    Johnny  Maiocchi    Utricularia reniformis
Second    Utricularia    Rich Yerry    Utricularia calycifida
Second    Utricularia    Johnny  Maiocchi    Utricularia  cornigera
Second    Utricularia    Johnny  Maiocchi    Utricularia cornuta

Members Favorite
First         Members Favorite    Jeff Matteson    Dionea muscipula
Second    Members Favorite    Emmi Kurosawa    New England Bog
Third        Members Favorite    Emmi Kurosawa    Japanese Carnivorous Plants Bonsai
Third        Members Favorite    Luca Leeser    Darlingtonia californica
Third        Members Favorite    Jeff Matteson    Drosera  graomogolensis
Third        Members Favorite    Steve Branchaud    Sarracenia x purpurea ssp venosa var. burkii f. luteola x mitchelliana antho free
Third        Members Favorite    Steve Branchaud    Sarracenia purpurea ssp purpurea

Public Favorite
1st Public Favorite    Jeff Matteson    Dionea muscipula
2nd Public Favorite   Jeff Matteson    Drosera  graomogolensis
3rd Public Favorite    Donald Gallant    Sarracenia 'Scarlet Belle'

Got News? - Sep 09, 2015 by Webmaster
If there is a meeting or other event that the NECPS will be participating in, or a related event that may be of interest to society members that you would like to share, please forward the information in a timely manner before the event to the webmaster so that it can be included here.

Carnivorous Plants Communicate With Bats - Oct 12, 2015 by Webmaster
Discovery News: A large, meat-eating pitcher plant in Borneo has evolved a unique way to communicate with bats that it hopes to attract.

The plant, Nepenthes hemsleyana, communicates via special structures that reflect the bats’ ultrasonic calls right back to the flying mammals, according to a study published in the latest issue of the journal Current Biology.

“With these structures, the plants are able to acoustically stand out from their environments so that bats can easily find them,” co-author Michael Schöner of Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University of Greifswald in Germany said in a press release.

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Plant Uses Raindrops To Eat Ants - Oct 12, 2015 by Webmaster
BBCNews: A carnivorous pitcher plant uses power from falling raindrops to fling ants to their doom, biologists have discovered.

The team, from the University of Bristol, found that raindrops kick off very fast vibrations in the lid of the plant's jug-shaped leaves. This propels ants from the lid into the pitcher trap below, where they drown and are consumed by digestive juices.

The findings, published in the journal PNAS, are based on high-speed cameras and laser vibration measurements.

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Relationship Between Carnivorous Plants And Fire - Oct 12, 2015 by Webmaster
ScienceDaily: One of the most striking and unusual species of all Iberian flora is the carnivorous plant Drosophyllum lusitanicum.

The most relevant ecological aspect of this species is its close association with fire. This plant, which is only found in the Mediterranean heathlands of the south west of the Iberian peninsula and the north of Morocco, restricts its presence to areas of sparse vegetation, mainly for the first four or five years after a fire. After this period, the Drosophyllum plants disappear, with only their seeds remaining on the floor of the mature heathland, waiting for a new fire to occur. To conclusively prove this ecological dynamic of association with forest fires, Maria Paniw has carried out an important five year field study focusing on the demographic structure of the populations of this species after a fire.

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