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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 15th Annual Fall Carnivorous Plant Show -

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NECPS September Meeting
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.

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Membership Dues are payable at or before the January meeting.

Peter D'Amato Receives Lifetime Achivement Award

Peter D'Amato owner and founder of California Carnivores was given a lifetime achievement award at the 12th Annual International Carnivorous Plant Society Conference held earlier this month in Santa Rosa, California.

Volcano relief Leilani Nepenthes - Fundraiser for Samuel Estes

Leilani Nepenthes Nursery was located on the big island of Hawaii. It was a family owned business and one of the largest collections of nepenthes in the world. Their nursery and home have been completely lost to the volcanic activity there. Not only did they lose there livelihood and possessions, but also very rare and endangered plants from around the world. Almost 30 years of business gone in only a few days. Please help in supporting Lelani Nepenthes.

Click here to support Volcano relief Lelani Nepenthes

The Carnivorous Plant That Scared Charles Darwin

ABC Science: Who do you barrack for: the hunter or the prey? The leopard or the gazelle? The frog or the snake? The fly or the flytrap? Enter the glittering and sensual world of plants with a thirst for blood.

It was an astounded Charles Darwin who scientifically confirmed that plants could capture and digest prey, after years drawing them, studying them and becoming immersed in their intricate biology.

He wrote in 1860: "I care more about Drosera than the origin of all the species."

In the same letter, he noted: "I am frightened and astounded at my results ... Is it not curious that a plant should be far more sensitive to a touch than any nerve in the human body!"

Mr Bourke says: "Of course, at the time it was blasphemous to suggest that a plant could've turned the tides and be eating animal prey, but Charles Darwin was fascinated by this plant.

Darwin delayed the publication of his thesis on insectivorous plants for another 15 years.

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