The Carnivorous Plant FAQ Field Trip Report -

Explorations in the Borderlands, 2002

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More background material:
I had visited the New Jersey Pine Barrens twice before. The first time was when I was an undergraduate; I had come seeking the Jersey Devil. No luck. The second time I was in graduate school; it was one of my first-ever trips to see carnivorous plants. Better luck. In the intervening years I have fondly recalled those trips many times. So in a way, it felt like a homecoming, and I was thrilled.

I met my guide, Dave Evans (more about him later), and we went to a lake he knew well. Immediately we encountered nearly all the carnivorous plants we would see that day. The Pine Barrens are like that--most good sites have the same suite of carnivorous plant species present, but in different forms and distributions.

This photograph shows a Drosera filiformis flower.

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