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Carnivorous plants of the United States and Canada
Schnell, Donald E., 1936-
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Second edition.
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Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2002.
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468 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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QK917 .S36 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In this greatly expanded and revised edition of his classic treatment, Donald Schnell examines in detail the 45 species and numerous hybrids of carnivorous plants that grow in the U.S. and Canada. Information on each species includes an identifying description, the preferred habitat, the range in which it can be found, and the season for flowering and trapping, making this book a useful field guide as well as a fascinating source of leisure reading. With a full array of maps, drawings, and 200 color photos, this volume promises to enrich every enthusiast's library with a wealth of information. Hobbyists will find much to their liking as well. Schnell gives detailed instructions for growing these plants.

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This new edition (1st ed., CH, Jul'77) has greatly expanded and revised the first, published 26 years ago. In this splendid addition to the botanical literature, pathologist and dedicated naturalist Schnell provides valuable new information based on his more than 40 years of fieldwork. The 45 species and additional hybrids that grow in the US and Canada are given identifying descriptions, habitat preferences, geographical ranges, and flowering and trapping seasons, all helpful in making this a field guide as well as a source of the latest information on this fascinating group of plants. A lengthy introductory chapter includes cultivation methods followed by others on the Venus flytrap, pitcher plants, sundews, butterworts, bladderworts, possible other carnivorous seed plants, and conservation issues. An appendix on metric conversions is followed by a glossary, an extensive bibliography, and an index of plant names. Many maps, drawings, and 200 truly excellent color photographs, virtually all by the author, contribute greatly to the wealth of textual information and therefore to the usefulness and importance of this book. Highly recommended for every library's collection of botanical materials for both scientists and hobbyists. General readers; graduate students; faculty. L. G. Kavaljian California State University, Sacramento



The Genus Sarracenia was named after Michel Sarrazin (1659 -- 1735), who has been called the founder of Canadian science. A French naturalist and surgeon, he became acquainted with the French botanist Tournefort and sent him examples of the New World northern pitcher plant, Sarracenica purpurea , after being appointed as surgeon-major in Quebec. Sarrazin contracted ship's fever while attending patients at Hotel Dieu and died in 1735 (Anonymous 1984). The genus Sarracenia Linnaeus is in the family Sarraceniaceae, which also includes Darlingtonia Torrey and the South American genus Heliamphora Bentham. Several others and I have informally concluded that the differences between those three genera, which together comprise the entire family Sarraceniaceae, are of such a degree that Darlingtonia and Heliamphora probably should be placed in their own families. The main commonality is that all three are New World pitcher plants; however, there are significant floral and vegetative differences among the genera. There seems to be nothing subtle about pitcher plants. Their general appearance begs attention, and when we encounter them we are almost startled. But once we look for awhile, then wander among them, we can begin to peel apart layers of subtlety and see many little secrets that collectively fit these plants so neatly into their bog habitat -- and we still do not know all the secrets. Photo: Sarracenia flava variety rugelii . The backlighting emphasizes the purple throat patches. Note the fracturing of some of the patches and separation, but no true venation. Excerpted from Carnivorous Plants of the United States and Canada by Donald E. Schnell All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 9
Carnivorous Plants: An Introductionp. 13
Venus Flytrapp. 81
Eastern North American Pitcher Plantsp. 99
California Pitcher Plantp. 229
Sundewsp. 243
Butterwortsp. 288
Bladderwortsp. 332
Other Possible Carnivorous Seed Plantsp. 395
Conservation Issuesp. 410
Appendix: Metric Conversionsp. 437
Glossaryp. 438
Bibliographyp. 444
Index of Plant Namesp. 463