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A comprehensive guide to identifying and cultivating these remarkable plants. From the well-known Venus flytrap to obscure African sundews, from the giant pitcher plant vines of Borneo the microscopic bladderworts of Florida, more than 200 species, hybrids and cultivars from all genera of carnivorous plants are described. Included are explanations of the fascinating and diverse mechanisms the plants use to trap their victims.
Imitating a plant's natural environment is the key to success in growing carnivorous plants, and this book will help readers select the best plants to grow on a windowsill, in a terrarium or greenhouse. Information on how to feed carnivorous plants will enable even the most squeamish grower to ensure that plants receive the nutrients they require. The book's 400 photographs include both spectacular images from the wild and lovely plants in cultivation.
Barry A. Rice is an expert horticulturist who has been growing these bizarre plants since 1985 and has produced many noteworthy carnivorous plant cultivars. He is the editor of Carnivorous Plant Newsletter, the publication of the International Carnivorous Plant Society, and is also that organization's Director of Conservation Programs. Fascinated most by observing carnivorous plants in the wild, he has traveled throughout the USA to see and photograph them in their native habitat. He currently works for The Nature Conservancy.
With chapters that explore our 'Fascination With Botanical Monsters' and plants' 'Murderous Methods' ... this is a book that will give Little Shop of Horrors a run for its money when it comes to entertainment. -- Marianne Binetti Seattle Post-Intelligencer 20061127 The hundred of photographic portraits of carnivorous plants included in the book are brilliant; there is no fantasy here, it's all real and fascinating, beautiful and bizarre. ... Seeing these plants in their ever-shrinking natural habitat is a revelation. -- Susan Smith-Durisek Lexington Herald-Leader 20061121 A wonderful addition to the coffee table or gardening shelf. -- Lydia Lee California Home & Design 20070501 Essential. -- L. G. Kavaljian Choice 20070501 Rice, certainly the foremost specialist, has written an accessible introduction to the strange and fascinating world of carnivorous plants. SciTech Book News 20071201