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For centuries, carnivorous plants have carried an air of fascination and mystique unparalleled in the plant world. "Growing Carnivorous Plants" is 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.
Since 1985 Barry A. Rice has been growing bizarre plants from every genus thought to be carnivorous (except Triphyophyllum), and has produced many noteworthy carnivorous plant cultivars. His photographs and articles have appeared in many journals and newspapers. Barry says of his book "I included materials that I would have wanted in a carnivorous plant book when I was starting my adventure of interest in carnivorous plants. Also, it contains ruminations that should be interesting to the more advanced carnivorous plant horticulturist." Born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1963, Barry received his undergraduate degree in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Arizona. 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. Barry is a member of the IUCN's Specialist Groups in Carnivorous Plants and North American Plants, and encourages plant enthusiasts to support only nurseries that do not collect their stock from the field. His Web site is a rich supplement to his book, offering relevant resources, organizations, a complete guide to terrarium building, and a link to suppliers who agree with a basic conservation statement. Barry currently works at The Nature Conservancy in its Global Invasive Species Initiative. Fascinated most by observing carnivorous plants in the wild, Barry frequently travels throughout the U.S. and uses the opportunities to seek out and photograph these plants. He lives in California.
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