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CARNIVOROUS PLANTS by John F. Waters

CARNIVOROUS PLANTS

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Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1974
Publisher: Franklin Watts

This barely adequate discussion begins with basics (""What is a Plant?"") and goes on to introduce individual carnivores, including the Venus Flytrap, Sundew, Bladderwort and -- very, very briefly -- animal-eating fungi. The illustrations are varied, with both photos and interesting old prints, but they aren't clear enough to guide the novice plant hunter. And Waters' text is some. times obtuse: for example, it warns that these fast disappearing plants should never be collected and in the next breath gives directions for keeping them in a terrarium; it takes note of startling discoveries (""Scientists have detected an electrical current in the leaves. . ."") and passes them by without further comment; it italicizes specialized words (including biologist and botanist) but leaves others (like protozoa) unexplained. Most of these faults are minor ones, but together they contribute to an overall desultory impression. Where needed.