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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."

- The NECPS 16th Annual Fall Carnivorous Plant Show -

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NECPS August Meeting

The next meeting of the NECPS will be held on August 17 at 12:30 PM at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr, Boylston, MA (Directions).

Plans are to hold a discussion and planning meeting for our upcoming 16th Annual Fall Carnivorous Plant Show.

If you have any questions or concerns about our 2019 show or would just like to participate in the planning for it, now is your chance. The success of our show depends upon your participation. We look forward to seeing you!

Time is quickly running out to sign up to give a presntation.

Please contact Shaun Montmny to inquire about presentations.

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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Carnivorous Plant Killing Machine in Alabama Swamps

The fleeting bloom of this beautiful flower is the only clue we get when it comes to finding the most sophisticated meat-eating plant in the world. Bladderworts are carnivorous aquatic plants, with members of the family found in all 50 states and around much of the globe. They are considered the fastest plants in the world, with a trap mechanism that can capture a bug in one hundredth of a second. Most are fully aquatic, although there are a few species that live in pitcher plant bogs. The species in this photo, the common bladderwort, makes its living in the swamps of Alabama and the coastal South, trapping and then eating all manner of tiny creatures, from one-celled animals such as planaria and amoeba, right up to baby fish and tadpoles.

While they are voracious predators, bladderworts have escaped the notoriety of their carnivorous cousins, the pitcher plants or the Venus fly trap, largely due to the fact that they grow underwater as opposed to on land. In fact, the only time you can figure out where bladderworts are growing is during the spring bloom.

The yellow flowers give away the presence of the bladderworts in this lily pad-covered bayou off Bay Minette Creek. The lily pads belong to an unrelated plant. The bladderwort flowers and the stems they stand on are the only part of the plant visible above the water's surface. See the flowers fading off into the distance, an indicator of just how many bladderworts are present in this section of swamp.

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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.

Bug-eating Pitcher Plants Found To Consume Young Salamanders, Too

ScienceDaily: In a paper published this week in the journal Ecology, the research team reports what integrative biologist Alex Smith calls the "unexpected and fascinating case of plants eating vertebrates in our backyard, in Algonquin Park."

Pitcher plants growing in wetlands across Canada have long been known to eat creatures -- mostly insects and spiders -- that fall into their bell-shaped leaves and decompose in rainwater collected there.

But until now, no one had reported this salamander species caught by a pitcher plant in North America, including Canada's oldest provincial park, a popular destination where the plants have been observed for hundreds of years.

Noting how long the park has held its secret -- despite generations of visiting naturalists, its proximity to major cities and a highway running through its southern end -- Smith said, "Algonquin Park is so important to so many people in Canada. Yet within the Highway 60 corridor, we've just had a first."

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