In October 2012 the Carnivorous Plant Specialist Group (CPSG) was created as one of about 100 Specialist Groups that form the Species Survival Commission of the IUCN. Run by volunteer experts and with data input from experts and amateur conservationists from around the globe, the mandate of the CPSG is quite broad and is expected to involve conservation projects of all kinds. In some cases existing projects wishing to become IUCN approved may receive guidance or advice from the CPSG. But the initial and most urgent goal of the CPSG is to re-assess all species of all genera of carnivorous plants for the IUCN Red List. Without correct classification, imperilled species cannot receive the appropriate attention to conserve them. Chaired by Robert Cantley and with Sir David Attenborough as Patron, the group is in the process of growing. We invite you to not only like us but als sign up on the ‘Get Involved’ tab of our website www.iucn-cpsg.org. Here you can contribute your knowledge, or just follow our progress by receiving forthcoming Newsletters. The degree of involvement you may have is up to you and there is no membership fee. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for the add, cheers from New Caledonia :)
Here are endemic Drosera neocaledonica pics from the southern part of the island, the biggest plants I ever seen.
Subtratum is 100 % laterite (from altered peridotite) and iron sand /rocks.
Great shots. Almost never see in-situ pics of this species. CP gold right here ! 1 (6 days ago)Matt Smith:
yes, great shots. but do a google search of drosera neocaledonica - there are a decent number of pics of plants in habitat, and they seed to be variable. (6 days ago)Julien Bénard:
Sure, try endemia.nc/en/ ! but I bet you'll never find as big clones as these crazy ones. I walked on paths and cross hundreds of drosera but this population is unique. (6 days ago)Matt Smith:
this form looks similar to the form i grow (6 days ago)
SERIOUS CP SPECIALISTS NEEDED FOR CONSERVATION EFFORT
Lately I've become a lot more conscious of the need to preserve rare plants in cultivation since many CP populations have been destroyed and others are threatened. Most of us are now growing plants whose wild populations no longer exist, and plants of the same species from different populations often vary. While most growers don't necessarily appreciate subtle differences between populations of the same species, some of us do. Also, while most growers get in and out of the hobby, others have maintained their collections for many years.
I've got all this ancient seed from years of collecting, some of it no longer in cultivation. Some has been stored in the refrigerator for many years and still has high germination rates, but some wasn't refrigerated and may be bad OR may need GA3 treatment or similar to break dormancy. I can germinate all the tropical and subtropical Drosera on my own and plan to make them available to others in the future. However, I've got things like tuberous Drosera, temperate Drosera, Utricularia, Genlisea, some Pings, etc, which I don't have the space, time or enough interest to grow.
I would like to get these into the right hands, meaning growers who have been focused on growing each particular type of plant for a long time and who are committed to keeping them alive and who are connected to others with the same type of commitment.
If you have been growing CP of a particular type for over 5 years and have a stable enough situation to keep plants going longterm, please send me a private message with your CP resume, area of expertise, link to pics of some of your plants, growlist and mailing address and if I have spare seed that falls into your area of expertise and I feel you will provide them with a good home, I will try to send them to you. Or if you know someone who I should get in touch with, please let me know.
Finally, keep in mind that there are no guarantees that these seeds are still viable. I am not seeking payment. I just want to find them the best homes possible. Trades are welcome but not necessary. I also do not want to see any of this seed sold. If I send you seed and see it on eBay or a forum or wherever for sale, I'm going to get angry, and you wouldn't like me when I'm angry. :)
You should try getting some of these into TC (2 weeks ago)Matt Smith:
not me but perhaps someone else should (2 weeks ago)Matt Smith:
but the goal wouldn't just be to get them into TC. it would be to get them into collections of those who realize the importance of conservation who are committed to keeping them alive longterm. (2 weeks ago)Hawken Carlton:
I would offer for perhaps the temperate Drosera, Pinguicula, or Utricularia, but the issue would be finding a spot for them at this point. 1 (2 weeks ago)
A good reminder that there are husks between the CP-enthousiast corn. However please remember that this is an interpretation of a journalist and no proof/convictions are presented yet.
Inside a Multi-Year International Plant Smuggling Investigation in Portland
Hi Marcel, when it says:
"At 8:05 a.m. on April 26, 2016—two and a half years after FWS Special Agent Jimmy Barna first went undercover at the Moon and Sixpence—the feds finally raided “Suspect Premises.” They were looking for endangered plants, records of smuggling, and financial information for “Nepenthes Nursery” and “Wistuba Exotics,” the businesses that feds say Orchard was connected to."
Is it clear how Wistuba Exotics figured in this investigation? (1 month ago)IUCN Carnivorous Plant Specialist Group:
As far as I know there is no proof that any of the plants that came from this nursery are taken from the wild. I know them as a company that mainly deals in TC plants and that ships those with the proper paperwork. Quality is good and they have been around for a very long time. They are a regular seller at the European meetings and if there was any proof of illegal activity they wouldn't be invited (not by the Dutch this year or any other European society for that matter). Could be as simple as dealing with a costumer that happens to also deal with some illegal sellers. Remember the main focus for teh illegal plants is on their native lands. Terra forums is also mention and many people on that forum would have nothing to do with illegal sales either. let me make clear that I posted this ask for attention to the poacher problem and to share public information. Anything written is the opinion of the journalist and I would be interested to see what actualy comes out of this. Marcel. 1 (1 month ago)John Christmann:
The part about Wistuba tells me that the agents really didn't know what they were doing. I personally know why it is mentioned but it's not public knowledge and it's not my place to make it so. It appears like they were expecting to uncover a large, organized smuggling ring but did not find any evidence of such. I think that's why the investigation took so long, and partly explains why the outcome is so minor compared to the apparent evidence presented. (1 month ago)Bob Beer:
There was quite a long discussion about this in the Portland group's forum. Certainly smuggling and poaching needs to be combatted on every level. But the article was poorly written and, I suspect, poorly researched. The article gave the impression that having plant growing supplies indicated a crime; and that having/growing Carnivorous plants is in itself a crime. To bring in A. Wistuba's business without clarifying the actual status of their plants, is irresponsible and potentially damaging, not only to his business but to many businesses and people who are doing a service by raising, propagating and encouraging the cultivation of these plants. 3 (4 weeks ago)