International Carnivorous Plant Society

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International Carnivorous Plant Society
Type501(c)(3) non-profit organization
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The International Carnivorous Plant Society (ICPS) is a non-profit organization founded in 1972. It is the International Cultivar Registration Authority for carnivorous plants.[1] As of June 2011, the society had around 1400 members.[2] The ICPS publishes a quarterly publication, the Carnivorous Plant Newsletter.

Conservation efforts[edit]

The ICPS has set up the Nepenthes clipeata Survival Project (NcSP) to facilitate ex situ conservation of this species.[3] With only an estimated 15 plants remaining in the wild as of 1995, Nepenthes clipeata is the most endangered of all known tropical pitcher plants.[4] It is estimated that there are only three or four genetically-distinct lines of "white market" (legally collected) plants in cultivation.[3]

The ICPS partially funded the establishment of The Rare Nepenthes Collection, which aims to conserve four of the rarest Nepenthes species: N. aristolochioides, N. clipeata, N. khasiana, and N. rigidifolia.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ About the ICPS. International Carnivorous Plant Society.
  2. ^ Baldwin, M. 2011. From the president. Carnivorous Plant Newsletter 40(2): 43.
  3. ^ a b Cantley, R., C.M. Clarke, J. Cokendolpher, B. Rice & A. Wistuba 2004. Nepenthes clipeata Survival Project. International Carnivorous Plant Society.
  4. ^ Simpson, R.B. 1995. Nepenthes and conservation. Curtis's Botanical Magazine 12: 111–118.
  5. ^ Ziemer, B. 2010. Exciting conservation news: The Rare Nepenthes Collection project! Carnivorous Plant Newsletter 39(3): 67.

Further reading[edit]

  • Schlauer, J. 1998. The correct naming of carnivorous plants: ICBN, ICNCP, and the roles of CPN and ICPS. Carnivorous Plant Newsletter 27(1): 27–28.
  • Meyers-Rice, B. 2001. "Rare Sarracenia poaching and the ICPS" (PDF). Carnivorous Plant Newsletter 30(2): 43–50.
  • Brittnacher, J. 2002. "ICPS on the World Wide Web" (PDF). Carnivorous Plant Newsletter 31(3): 77.
  • Brittnacher, J. 2002. "ICPS on the World Wide Web: Carnivorous Plant E-Mail Listserv Archive" (PDF). Carnivorous Plant Newsletter 31(4): 109.
  • Rice, B. 2003. "ICPS Wild Seed Collection Policy" (PDF). Carnivorous Plant Newsletter 32(1): 12–13.
  • Rice, B. & J. Brittnacher 2003. "The ICPS seed bank can now distribute endangered species seed within the USA!" (PDF). Carnivorous Plant Newsletter 32(1): 29.
  • Rice, B. 2005. "ICPS Grant News: Restoration at a North Carolina Mountain Bog" (PDF). Carnivorous Plant Newsletter 34(4): 111–114.

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