cp discussion group

Kristin L. Mott (klmott@planetx.bloomu.edu)
Wed, 1 Feb 1995 18:03:16 +0500

My name is Tom Hayes and I wanted to let fellow CP'ers to be aware of
the following events that transpired between James Pietrapolo (sp?) and
myself three years ago.

I called him and wanted to buy misc. CP (cephalotus/ darlingtonia etc....)
and mentioned that I was planning to go on a trip down south to see CP in
their native habitat. The main purpose of the trip was to collect seed of
the SE pinguicula so I could establish those species into my collection.

He then offered me .50 cents for as many as 300 of each species of
sariacenia that I could collect. Even though I needed money, there was
no way that I would mass rape the land and put even more stress on these
endangered plants.

Several months prior to this phone call, I was planning a trip to see
Niagra Falls, and noticed that I would be passing his house on the way.
I was told he would not let me in to see his plants because he did not have
insurance. I now suspect he simply didn't want me to see that he really
doesn't have any plants in there. He gets the plants in and fills the
orders that have accumulated. (Does he really grow plants other than
darlingtonia and cephalotus). But then again, why bother growing the plants
when he can get "suckers" to pick them from the wild? He risks nothing and
offers near nothing in exchange. Whoever is caught collecting the plants
will have to deal with the law. What a nice position for him to be in.

Just wanted to let you all know where the plants from Peter Paul's really
come from.


Take care & keep on growing,

-Tom- Hayes (& Krissy)