Re: The Book-WWW

Chris Frazier (
Tue, 7 Feb 1995 13:03:27 -0700

Jan and Pat,

Just to chime in on the topic of "interesting tidbits" that might be
included in either/both of these monographic treatments, consider the
following items:

1. Conservation info. What is the status of the taxon in the wild:
endangered/ threatened/common/not present. Who is working on the
conservation of the group, if anyone?

2. Ecological interactions. Who are thenatural pollinators? Are there
associated endemic fauna? Is there a flowering period for the species? How
are the seeds dispersed? Is there a seed bank and what is the period of
seed dormancy? What is the usual prey in the wild (this may vary, for
example, among Nepenthes). Etc.

Even the most horticulturally oriented enthusiasts must be concerned with
what's happening to the plants in the field, especially when it concerns
loss of habitat or overcollection. With the pace of human development,
keep in mind that we may never get to know the role of some carnivorous
plant species with respect to the plant and animals with which they
cooccur. I, for one, would like to see whatever we know at this point
collected in the monographs.

Happy planting,

Chris Frazier
Dept. of Biology, Castetter Hall, UNM
Albuquerque, NM, USA 87131

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