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Carnivorous Plants Of The United States And Canada
     

Carnivorous Plants Of The United States And Canada

by Donald E. Schnell
 

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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,

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Horticulture - C. Colston Burrell
"If you want to explore the botany, ecology, and horticulture of a fascinating subset of North America's magnificent flora, this book is a must."—C. Colston Burrell, Horticulture, April 2003
Choice
"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 ... 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."—Choice, December 2002
Newark Star-Ledger - John Van de Water
"Twice as large as the original and filled with some 200 incredible photographs, it is effectively a new book."—John Van de Water, Newark Star-Ledger, November 12, 2002
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“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. . . . 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.” —Choice

“Experienced carnivorous plant enthusiasts and interested beginners alike will find all the information they need for selecting and growing carnivorous plants successfully.” —American Gardener

“If you want to explore the botany, ecology, and horticulture of a fascinating subset of North America’s magnificent flora, this book is a must.” —Horticulture

“Experienced carnivorous plant enthusiasts and interested beginners alike will find all the information they need for selecting and growing carnivorous plants successfully.” —American Gardener

“This expanded second edition of Carnivorous Plants of the U.S. and Canada is a ‘must’ for any reference librarian which specializes in botany or nature.” —Bookwatch

“This book can be appreciated by people of all interest levels and expertise.” —American Reference Books Annual

“I highly recommend this book to all persons interested in carnivorous plants.” —Plant Science Bulletin

“A wonderful field guide incorporating a wealth of information from Schnell’s 40 years of field work. . . . [this] book is one I would recommend for hobbyists interested in growing these plants, as well as anyone who would like to know how these fascinating plants exist in nature.” —NYBG's Plant Talk

“This is a most interesting book filled with beautiful, detailed pictures of carnivorous plants and maps of their location.” —E-Streams

“This book is an excellent reference. . . . Of interest to botanists and researchers, as well as serious hobbyists.” —Northeastern Naturalist

“A sound and useful source of information on distribution, ecology, and taxonomy of the carnivorous plants.” —Plant Science Bulletin

“An invaluable addition to the bookshelf and field backpack.” —Quarterly Review of Biology

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604691085
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/26/2009
Pages:
468
Sales rank:
322,684
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Read an Excerpt

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.

Meet the Author

Donald E. Schnell is a pathologist and a dedicated naturalist. His fieldwork on carnivorous plants spans over forty years; he has published over thirty papers in botanical journals as well as many popular articles on his favorite subjects. He was a founding coeditor (with J. A. Mazrimas) of the Carnivorous Plant Newsletter and is a member of several botanical societies. Dr. Schnell continues to avidly pursue his interest in the carnivorous plants of the continent, traveling and photographing in the company of his wife, Brenda. He lives and works in Pulaski, Virginia.

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