I love plants. Searching for and identifying plants has become a passion of mine, may they be shiny green house plants or short-lived wildflowers or massive, landmark-sized trees. I have my favorite types, one of them being carnivorous plants.

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Venus flytrap, Dionea muscipula

I cared for a pitcher plant, Nepenthes sp. for a few years. It was actually a convenient place to dispose of leftover crickets my African Fat-tailed Gecko, Huxley didn’t eat. Unfortunately, it did not survive a move from Northern to Southern California and I do miss having one hanging around.

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Tropical Pitcher Plant, Nepenthes sp.

Good thing for me that the Conservatory of Flowers has a special exhibit, “CHOMP! They Came from the Swamp”! Until October 19, we have the opportunity to marvel at a large collection of carnivorous plants, including sundews, butterworts, and flytraps in addition to a variety of pitcher plants.

I feel like I worked hard to get to this exhibit. This was actually my second try. I made an attempt before, but on a Monday when the Conservatory is closed. That was frustrating. On this day, I was skeptical that I was going to see any part of the collection because kiddo was asleep upon arrival. Strollers are not allowed in the facility, and I didn’t want to wake him by taking him out of the car seat and putting him into a carrier. Fortunately, he woke up two hours before closing.

The Conservatory itself is an amazing landmark with a long history. I didn’t realize that it is the oldest wood and glass conservatory in North America until my most recent visit.

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So many dahlias!

If you have any interest in experiencing what a tropical forest feels like in addition to carnivorous plants, then I encourage you to go. The humidity and diversity of plants present reminded me of several very happy days I spent exploring Parque Nacional del Manu in Peru.

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American Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia sp.

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American Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia sp.

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American Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia sp.

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Australian Pitcher Plant, Cephalotus sp. ADORABLE.

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Black Bat Flower, Tacca chantrieri

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Black Bat Flower, Tacca chantrieri

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Robert Cantley’s Pitcher Plant, Nepenthes robcantleyi

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Stanhopea Orchid

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Bulbophyllum Orchid

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Blue Ginger, Dichorisandra thyrsiflora

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Tropical Pitcher Plant, Nepenthes sp.

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Fanged Pitcher Plant, Nepenthes bicalcarata

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Fanged Pitcher Plant, Nepenthes bicalcarata

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Tropical Pitcher Plant, Nepenthes sp.

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Dracula Orchid

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Ball Dahlia Type

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Collarette Dahlia Type

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Formal Decorative Dahlia Type

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Single Dahlia Type

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Cactus Dahlia Type

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Anemone Dahlia Type