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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."

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NECPS December Meeting

The NECPS December Meeting will be held on December 9 at 12:30 PM at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Providence, RI (Directions).

This month's gathering will feature our Annual Holiday Party and Yankee Swap!

For those who have never attended a Yankee Swap before, all you need to participate in the swap is to bring a carnivorous plant related gift, gift-wrapped and valued at about $10 or more. Any Society member bringing a gift is welcome to take part. The Yankee Swap is lots of fun and can sometimes be more cutthroat than the usual silent auction, which is also being planned. You never know what will happen, or what you may end up with until the very end!

Refreshments will be available as usual and members are encouraged to bring additional food and snacks to add to the holiday party!

  • Rules for the Yankee Swap:
  • Gifts will be arranged on a gift table.
  • All society members who brought a gift will draw numbers out of a hat.
  • The first person will pick their gift choice and open it. All members will usually OOOOHH and AAAAAHHHHH!
  • The second person will choose and open a gift from the table. That person has the choice of keeping the gift or swapping it for the gift already taken. This continues with each person choosing a gift and either keeping it or choosing to swap it for any previously chosen gift. When the last person has finalized their choice of a gift, the first person has the final option of swapping their gift for any gift already chosen!
  • You never know what will happen, or what you may end up with until the very end! So everyone is encouraged to bring a carnivorous plant related wrapped gift and join in the fun!
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.

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Membership Dues are payable at or before the January meeting.

International Carnivorous Plant Society Conference 2018

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


Registration will start 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.

Carnivorous Plants, A Botanical Marvel
CosmicNovo: Carnivorous plants, the dinosaurs of the plant world - in more way than one - are some of the most interesting plants on Earth. With almost 600 plants displaying the properties of carnivorous plants present around the globe, whilst that may seem like a large number, they are still considered somewhat of a rarity within the world of botany. Originally observed and studied by Charles Darwin in his manuscript Insectivorous Plants in 1875, carnivorous plants have a long history within the scientific community.

Carnivorous plants have five different basic trapping mechanisms: pitfall traps, where prey falls into a sac filled with digestive enzymes and bacteria; flypaper traps where they become stuck upon contact ; snap traps that use rapid leaf movement to catch them ; bladder traps using an internal vacuum-like to ingest its prey ; and lobster traps which force insects deeper into the plant.

Although these mechanisms are as deadly as they are diverse, they are only able to trap small insects as larger prey are often able to escape. There has been a lot of science-fiction depictions of large carnivorous plants eating an adventurer or unsuspecting passer-by, but they have been proven to have been just that, science-fiction. Carnivorous plants are relatively small, and although they are termed "carnivorous", the more suited term would be insectivorous.

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