February 09, 2016
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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 - Jan 10, 2016 by Webmaster
The NECPS February meeting will be held on Saturday, February 13 at 12:30 PM at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center in Providence, RI - directions.

This month's program will feature an Introduction to "Tuberous sundew" given by Johnny Maiocci.

Care & Cultivation of Tuberous Drosera by Johnny Maiocci

Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show - Jan 30, 2016 by Webmaster
First Pass At The New Bylaws - Dec 07, 2015 by Webmaster

Send comments to Shaun Montminy.

Rebuilding The Bog - Nov 15, 2015 by Webmaster
A number of NECPS members spent the November meeting rebuilding the carnivorous plant bog at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center. It was a large undertaking requiring a great deal of effort and we would like to offer our thanks to all that came by and helped out!

You can view some photos of the undertaking here.

Got News? - Jan 30, 2016 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 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.

Venus Flytrap Can Count Prey’s Steps To Dissolve Them Alive - Jan 22, 2016 by Webmaster
New Scientist: t’s as easy as one, two three… Before they really chow down, Venus flytraps count to five.

When an insect wanders on to one of these carnivorous plants, every misstep is tallied and converted into chemical signals. This helps the plant to catch its prey and then work out how to go about digesting it.

We knew that some plants use maths - namely arithmatic division - to ration their food supplies overnight. The new research now shows that the Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) counts external signals in real time, recording the number of times it is touched and translating that information into chemical signals that do different things.

Brushing just one of the sensitive trigger hairs on a flytrap once isn’t enough to spring it shut. But if a second touch follows, the trap closes in a tenth of a second. That’s because the first touch causes molecules to build up in the trap’s sensory hairs and the second pushes their concentration across a threshold, resulting in an electrical impulse that activates the trap.

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