There will be no September meeting as it is time for our Annual Show!
Saturday, September 8, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday, September 9, 2018 , 10:00 am - 4:00 pm At the Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, Massachusetts - Directions
Admission to the NECPS show is FREE with the purchase of regular admission to the Tower Hill Botanic Garden.
Admission: Adults $15.00, Seniors (65+) $10.00, Youth (6-18) $5.00 Massachusetts EBT Cardholders (any age): $2. We admit up to four guests with one EBT card.
Tower Hill Botanic Garden Members & Children under 5 FREE Military Personnel, Veterans, and Military Families: 20% off general admission year-round with a valid Military ID or Dependent ID.
This is the largest collection of carnivorous plants displayed annually on the East Coast!
Hundreds of plants are scheduled to be on display! Lots of opportunities for photographers!
LIVE Venus Fly Trap feedings!
Read the Press Release.
NECPS Secretary Needed
We are still 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.
NECPS 15th Annual Carnivorous Plant Show
Show planning for the NECPS 15th Annual Carnivorous Plant Show, which is being held on September 8th and 9th this year is now under way! Last year we had a record attendance of 2,894! Lets see if we can do even better this year! Post your questions, comments and suggestions below in the Show Planning Discussion Board.
Show Planning Discussion Board
The Weird World Inside a Pitcher Plant
The New York Times: A species of pitcher plant found in Singapore isn't very
good at dissolving the prey it catches, but it gets nutritional
help from worm larvae that live and eat within its maws.
On the soggy floor of one of the only remaining intact forests on the island nation of Singapore, the egg-sized heads of carnivorous creatures emerge from decaying leaves. They appear to be belching, or singing, or screaming out the catch phrase of their cousin in Hollywood - "Feed me Seymour."
This is Nepenthes ampullaria, an unusual pitcher plant found on the islands of Southeast Asia and the Malay Peninsula. And its "Seymour" is the worm larva of Xenoplatyura beaveri, a species of fungus gnat that develops inside the plant's mouth. When grown, it looks like a mosquito with big biceps.
They've got a strange relationship, these two.
The plant gives the gnat baby a safe place to eat and develop. In exchange, the baby builds a web across the plant's lips, captures and eats other insects and then defecates into its maw, or pitcher. The plant eats the ammonium-rich droppings. And all is well in this miniature world of weird.
It's not romantic. It's not sweet. But researchers call this relationship "mutualistic" in a study published Wednesday in Biology Letters. Their findings, based on laboratory experiments that simulated this insect-plant interaction in the wild, suggest that cohabitation may have its benefits for these two obscure organisms. How tiny pitcher plant communities like this one and others the group is studying function may reveal secrets of plant and insect life, said Weng Ngai Lam, a graduate student in botany at the National University of Singapore, who led the research.