World List of Carnivorous Plants

Back in the early 1960s the interest in carnivorous plants began to expand. Perhaps this was a natural outgrowth of the increasing interest in all plants that developed as people began to want more knowledge of the wide range of plants they could grow in homes, offices, and schools.

It also can be attributed to the increasing awareness of these fascinating plants by naturalists and interested plant enthusiasts around the globe. Most likely the increased interest was helped along by the many different articles which have appeared in the recent decade focusing closer attention on the wonderful and exciting world of these insect-eating marvels.

Hundreds of articles have appeared in specialized as well as the popular press. From features in the Reader's Digest to True magazine, from newspaper columns and school publications, stories and articles have provided readers with heightened curiosity about the carnivores of the plant kingdom. That's only natural. These captivating plants do make news.

Two organizations can be credited with much of this long-needed effort to provide information on carnivorous plants. The Plant Oddities Club, through its worldwide membership, began in the 1960s from its former offices in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, to generate enthusiasm for exploring the mysteries of an ever-increasing range of carnivorous plants. Searching through old and current periodicals, the Club, now in Kennebunk, Maine, issues periodic bulletins to members accompanied by reprints from many popular and scientific journals.

Another group that has earned well-deserved attention for its part in building worldwide interest in carnivorous plants is the Carnivorous Plant Newsletter. It was launched in the early 1970s by co-editors D. E. Schnell of Statesville, North Carolina, and J. A. Mazrimas of Liver-more, California. Together these two carnivorous plant enthusiasts have also helped to organize a global fraternity of carnivorous cultivators. Their periodic Newsletter is packed with names of subscribers from the far reaches of the planet.

Equally important, the brief but detailed articles provide new and accurate information about carnivores. Descriptions of growing and propagating methods, excellent photos and drawings by subscribers provide a steady supply of information.

In addition, these dedicated carnivorous collectors freely share their knowledge and their plants. There is a CPN swap shop for seeds, cuttings, plants. This enables other enthusiasts to obtain those rare species from growers in Japan, Europe, South America, and elsewhere in exchange for their own local types.

The Newsletter also provides details on subscribers' experiments, from the simple to the far-advanced electronic methods for testing plant responses.

But perhaps the greatest contribution of Mazrimas and Schnell has been their compilation of the ongoing world list of carnivorous plants. For several years they have spent untold dollars in postage corresponding with scientists and carnivorous plant hobbyists obtaining information about the locations and cultivation of carnivorous plants from the jungles of Brazil and Java, from the swamps of Canada and the bayous of Louisiana.

Since this list is expanding constantly it has become an important living thing itself. Updating is done periodically in the pages of the Ctrr-nivorous Plant Newsletter. Subscriptions are available for $2 per year within the continental United States, Canada, and Mexico; for $3 annually overseas. You can get details from either D. E. Schnell, Rt. 4, Box 27 5B in Statesville, North Carolina 28677 " Jos'ph A. Mazrimas, 329 Helen Way, Livermore, California 94550.

The Plant Oddities Club address is Box 94, Kennebunk, Maine 04043. The membership annual dues is $7, which includes the periodic Club bulletins, reprints of scientific and technical articles, and timely magazine and newspaper reports about carnivorous plants. In addition, the Club offers swaps of carnivorous plants as well as discounts through other growers for an increasingly wide range of plants from around the country and overseas as well.

With appreciation to Messrs. Schnell and Mazrimas for their untiring efforts we have included in this book, with their permission, a current list of the carnivorous plants found throughout the world. We have also included additions from my own and other sources gathered over the past few years, especially during preparation of this book.

As other carnivorous plant enthusiasts add to the needed store of knowledge, undoubtedly more detail about plant sources, ranges, and natural habitats will become available in the years ahead. We plan to add that information each time this book is revised for future publication.

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