CP Slide Shows and tutorials
This portion of the CP database is for tutorial and educational
slide shows. Expect lots of changes here as more material is added.
"Pings: a guided tour of care and cultivation".
This is an introduction to the genus Pinguicula, which are
commonly known as "butterworts". The flowers of these plants have been
compared in beauty to the orchids. They are easy to grow when you know
their specific cultural needs, and are very efficient carnivores,
trapping small gnats with their sticky leaves.
"Tissue Culturing CP in the Home Kitchen: a tutorial".
Tissue culturing is a method of growing plants in sterilized flasks of
nutrients and agar-gel. This technique can rapidly multiply rare and
endangered plants for distribution to botanists and hobbiests. Although
traditionally thought of as "high-tech" bioscience, basic tissue
culturing is easily done at home with simple equipment.
"Striking Nepenthes cuttings", by Trevor Hannam.
A hydroponic, tissue culture inspired technique for rooting
Nepenthes cuttings with high reliability. Try it out!
Plant Traps and Decoys
by F. Martin Duncan & L. T. Duncan, Reprinted 1930 in
Great Britain by Turnbull & Spears, Edinburgh.
This old text is out-of-date and contains erroneous information,
but is very campy and fun to read. (converted to HTML by Kevin Snively).
Stories of the Universe
Another old account of carnivorous plants by Grant Allen, 1895.
Full of errors, but fun to read. (again scanned by Kevin Snively).
"Swelling the Brains of Children", by Peter D'Amato.
This article was published in the March 1996 Carnivorous Plant
Newsletter. It gives several eye-opening suggestions for
using CP as a teaching tool. Peter explains how CP can be used to teach
geography, biochemistry, evolution, entomology, politics, computer
networking, along with many other fields.
"Plants through Time", by Rick Walker.
"Plants through Time", a poetic evolutionary history of plants, was
displayed at Hewlett-Packard Labs for Earth Day 1997.
If you are a teacher using CP in the classroom, please contact Rick
Walker at the address below. I'd be happy to put you in touch with
other teachers, or to devote some space on this server to distribute
your ideas. You also might like to take a look at some links to
CP teaching resources.