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Friday, April 19, 2002

The Scotsman - International - Rare slug-eating plant stolen - Man, this is quite the international incident...

Slug-eating treasure stolen - This is either a real story, or some sort of "Weekly World News meets carnivorous plants" thing. Someone has stolen the world's only slug eating Sarracenia!

Sunday, April 14, 2002

DarlingtoniaBullscat---a tail of misplaced priorities - This is bad news...there aren't that many places where Darlingtonia grow and it looks like one of the major spots is being threatened.

Chris Teichreb writes:
As you may recall, Barry re-discovered the site where anthocyanin free Darlingtonia grow a few years back. These plants were registered as a cultivar (Darlingtonia 'Othello') and a campaign was started to save the bog where they grow. Eventually, it was saved, and research has continued since this time.

Sometime during 2001, cattle that were supposed to be on an adjacent plot of land wandered on to the property, trampled or ate many of the plants, and generally made a mess.


Wednesday, April 10, 2002

UHaul graphic of venus fly trapUhaul SuperGraphics . North Carolina - You might have seen those U-Haul trucks around that have pictures representing each state. North Carolina has a cool one with a Venus Fly Trap and Sarracenia flava. Here's the U-Haul site for that graphic, which actually does a really good job of presenting carnivorous plants.

Monday, April 08, 2002

mini greenhouseGardener's Greenhouse - Here's a little mini-greenhouse that could easily be put somewhere in the back yard. I'm still trying to find the best solution for some sort of greenhouse out back. This could be a good way to try and see what greenhouse growing is like.

Thursday, April 04, 2002 Free speech and the Internet; a fish story - The story of an aquatic plant mailing list and the people who sue it. This is relevant to the carnivorous plant world as there has always been the freedom for people to discuss things like dealers who are believed to be unscrupulous and sell plants that may be harvested from the wild. This lawsuit stinks, because a major benefit of the Internet is that it allows nutballs of various subcultures to get together and discuss their opinions on every minute detail of their various nutball pursuits. This lawsuit tries to limit that. (The good news is there's no way to stop it. The nutballs always win in the end.)

Chuck Ripper: Cephalotus follicularis - Another example of a carnivorous plant stamp. This is the original artwork for a first day cover of a 34 cent U.N. stamp featuring Cephalotus follicularis. The actual stamp is here.

Monday, April 01, 2002 buying info: Elizabite : Adventures of a Carnivorous PlantElizabite - Well, I just found the first book I'm buying for Aaron. Illustrated by H. A. Rey, famous for Curious George.

Elizabite is a carnivorous plant who eats insects as appetizers and enjoys hotdogs for snacks. Whether it walks, talks, flies, or barks, Elizabite is ready to make a meal of it. Her cheerful, hungry smile and infinite appetite attract much attention - a scientist examines her, a professor studies her, and everyone agrees that she is one of a kind. In an effort to control her diet and her unpredictable temper, Elizabite's admirers chain and muzzle her. But not even a barbed wire fence can prevent her from following her heart's (and stomach's) desire! Only when her unique appetite prevents a crime does Elizabite win the respect she deserves.

The story of Elizabite, written more than fifty years ago, keeps company with those of Curious George, Spotty, and others in the Reys' memorable cast of characters. Perhaps less well known than her compatriots, but equally well loved, Elizabite teaches the value of being oneself.


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