September 16, 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."

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NECPS October Meeting

Thank you to everyone who helped make our show such a success once again! To everyone that took the time to exhibit plants, to our outstanding vendors, and to those who made the extra effort just to be on hand to answer questions. We made a great impression of the people who represent the NECPS.

And thank you to Trisha and all of the staff at the Tower Hill Botanic Garrden. We could not have done it without all of your help!

Our October meeting will be held on Saturday, October 19th at 12:30 PM at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center (directions).

We will have a post-show discussion to learn what we did right and what we did wrong to help with the planning of our future shows. We will also have information on the genus Utricularia given by Emmi Kurosawa.

Plans are also to have a silent auction.

Thank you!

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.

Carnivorous Plants Have A Taste For Salamanders, Scientists Find

Biologists have discovered evidence that carnivorous plants in Canada feast on young salamanders, in what is believed to be the first instance of vertebrate consumption by plants in North America.

In study published in the journal Ecology, a pair of biologists in the province of Ontario found that northern pitcher plants - also known as turtle socks - devour juvenile spotted salamanders.

Alex Smith, a professor of biology at Guelph University first discovered a salamander in a pitcher plant accidentally: he was leading a group of university students on a field course in Ontario's Algonquin Park. But the sighting of the small amphibian in the plant felt like a "WTF moment", Smith told the Guardian in an email.

After consulting with the park's resident salamander expert, Patrick Moldowan, a PhD student at the University of Toronto, the two suspected Smith's discovery might have been more than a chance sighting. After surveying pitcher plants in Algonquin, Moldowa found that 20% of plants had at least one juvenile spotted salamander in them. "The second WTF moment," said Smith.

The pitcher plant is one of nearly 600 carnivorous plants found throughout the world. Inhabiting much of Canada and the eastern United States, the pitcher thrives in low-nutrient areas, such as bogs.

The plant is well known for its appetite of invertebrates, like spiders and other small insects - but the discovery of decomposing salamanders significantly expands the scope of what plants may be consuming - and raises numerous questions.

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