The Carnivorous Plant FAQ Field Trip Report -

Massachusetts and Vermont in 2006

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Sedge field:
We paddled up to this field of vegetation, brown because of the lateness of the season. I listened as my TNC guides warned me that the field was actually a floating sedge mat that was unstable and sometimes treacherous to walk upon. I decided it would have sounded snotty to tell them that I knew all about these mats, as I have been on sedge and Sphagnum mats at dozens of sites in the USA.

Also, if I had said anything like that, I would have been damning myself to plunge into a pool, and then look like an idiot.

Most of the brown plants in this photograph are native sedges. The larger, yellowish grasses are Phragmites australis, a non-native, aggressive, invasive species. The area in this photograph is responding well to Phragmites control work--in the background, just in front of the trees, you can see the unbroken ranks of Phragmites that had not been worked on.

If uncontrolled, the Phragmites would dominate the fen, and displace many of the twenty-one rare plant species found there, including a few that are carnivorous.

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©Barry Rice, 2005