Meeting Time/Place

The Sacramento Bromeliad & Carnivorous Plant Society will hold meetings on the 3rd Wednesday, with the exception of the months of December, January and May.

Next meeting: Wednesday, Oct 15, 7:00 PM

Meetings start at 7:00 pm and are held at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center
located in McKinley Park at 3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento, Ca.

Guests and questions are welcome.

Program for October 15, 2014

The Silent Majority: Utricularia, the "Rodney Dangerfield" of the Carnivorous World
Presenter: Chet Blackburn

When you hear the term "carnivorous plant", it's unlikely a bladderwort is the first image that comes to mind. So, you may well be surprised to learn the genus Utricularia is the largest and most widespread genus of carnivorous plants. While abundant in the wild, they seldom end up in most carnivorous plant collections... intentionally at least.

On the other hand, sometimes a grower will have the experience of finding a strange little yellow, purple or white flower, resembling a miniature snapdragon, seemingly arisen from nowhere among their prized sundews, butterworts or pitcher plants. For many people, that is often their first introduction to a member of the genus Utricularia, in spite of the fact that there are more than 200 species spread across six continents.

This month, Chet Blackburn will explore the secretive world of bladderworts and attempt to elevate them from their current "Rodney Dangerfield" status of not getting any respect.

Speaker: Chet Blackburn: Our presenter, Chet has been a member of the Society since 1976. He served as editor of The Journal of the Bromeliad Society for several years. Over the years he has grown a wide range of plants at his 8 acre home, including bromeliads, carnivores, native plants and several hundred varieties of trees. He has presented numerous programs, not only for the Sacramento Society, but for other bromeliad societies and garden clubs.

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Meeting Dates for 2014

Oct 15
Nov 19, last meeting of 2014

Next Meeting: Nov 19, 2014

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