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December 16, 2017
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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."

Effective Jan 1, 2018 - NECPS meetings will no longer be held on the 2nd Saturday of the month.
Please check the Event Calendar for upcoming event dates.

AnnouncementsWhat's New
NECPS January Meeting

The next meeting of the NECPS will be held on January 20 at 12:30 PM at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Providence, RI (Directions).

This month's meeting will feature our annual, and highly anticipated, Nepenthes Cutting & Propagation Workshop led by NECPS President Dave Sackett

Members are encouraged to bring in an overgrown Nepenthes or two that need cutting back. The success of the Cutting Workshop depends on having our members bring in their overgrown plants!

First there will be a class on taking vine cuttings of Nepenthes and on the "how and why" of cutting propagation. Afterwards, using the plants supplied by members and materials supplied by the NECPS, we will take multiple cuttings of plants for each member to take home and grow! We hope that we can all expand our collections, and make sure that plants are always available to society members.

All members will get FREE Nepenthes cuttings to take home!

View this video from last year's Nepenthes Cutting & Propagation Workshop

NECPS Secretary Needed
We are 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.

Record Attendance for NECPS 2017 Show!
Once again the NECPS had a great show! Thank you! to the Tower Hill Botanic Center and to the many wonderful NECPS Members without which this event would not have been possible!

Attendance was 2,894!

Photo by Miranda Schloat

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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.

Carnivore Conundrum
Adonis, a carnivorous plant, awakes one morning to find a fly trapped in his digestive juices. The fly pleads to be set free and Adonis spits it out declaring, "I'm swearing off meat!" His mother, Dee, fearing her baby will "wither and wain", enlists the aid of the Koi and plants in the Botanical Center to save the little pitcher plant from starvation. They all have ingenious solutions, especially Aladosha the wise, old toad.

It's a fun story written in verse and can be enjoyed by all ages.

By Claremary P. Sweeney and illustrated by Zachary Perry

Carnivore Conundrum Paperback

International Carnivorous Plant Society Conference 2018

August 3-5, 2018 with scheduled Field Trips August 7-10, 2018

Registration will begin soon!

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

North Carolina State Carnivorous Plant
State Symbols USA: North Carolina designated the Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) as the official state carnivorous plant in 2005. Though the Venus flytrap is cultivated throughout the world, it is native to only a small area of the coastal plain in North and South Carolina (for the most part within a 75-mile radius around Wilmington).

The Venus flytrap faces a high risk of extinction in the wild. It's listed as Vulnerable on the Red List from the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).

The trap is activated when an insect (or other object) brushes 2 or more times against bristles that grow on the surface of the leaf. The trap springs nearly shut in less than a second (it doesn't close completely until it determines - either chemically or through movement - whether it's caught a meal). If the plant determines that it has caught worthwhile food, the trap gradually seals completely shut, allowing digestion to take place. It reopens in 3 days to 2 weeks.

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