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
Bullscat---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
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 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
Gardener'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
Amazon.com: buying info: Elizabite : Adventures of a Carnivorous Plant - 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.