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International Carnivorous Plant Society

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International Carnivorous Plant Society

Logo of the International Carnivorous Plant Society

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 is probably best known for its quarterly publication, the Carnivorous Plant Newsletter.

Conservation efforts

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]


  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. Survival ProjectNepenthes clipeata. 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

  • 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. poaching and the ICPS.SarraceniaRare  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.

External links

  • Official website
  • Official Facebook page
  • Official YouTube channel
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