Biology Issue Report- Carniverous Plants

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  • The Cheers Magazine (1st Feb 2007) [Accessed 22 Feb 2008]

  • Atlanta Botanical Garden (2007) ‘Conservation’ section. Tissue Culture Lab.

[Accessed 20 Feb 2008]

  • The Carnivorous Plant FAQ (Feb 2008) ‘Taxonomy’ section. Sarracenia. XVIII, Conservation Status. [Accessed 24 Feb 2008]

  • Atlanta Botanical Garden (2007) ‘Conservation’ section. Native Plants.

[Accessed 20 Feb 2008]

  • The Carnivorous Plant FAQ (Feb 2008) ‘General Q’s’ section. Do carnivorous plants have pharmacological (medicinal) properties?. [Accessed 24 Feb 2008]

  • Kew Gardens, London [Accessed 22 Feb 2008]

  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (20 Feb 2008) ‘Search’. Kew Gardens.

[Accessed 20 Feb 2008]

  • Kew – Plants, People, Possibilities (2008) [Accessed 20 Feb 2008]

  • ICPS- International Carnivorous Plant Society (December 2007) [Accessed 20 Feb 2008]

  • The Carnivorous Plant Society (2003-2007) [Accessed 24 Feb 2008]

  • Science Photo Library (1997-2006) [Accessed 24 Feb 2008]

From visiting Kew Gardens, I took an interest in pitcher plants, especially Sarracenia, because of its unusual shape and characteristics. Therefore within this report my major aspect is Sarracenia and my minor will be my visit to Kew.

Kew Gardens

*~*‘Kew Gardens was originally an exotic garden formed by Lord Capel of Tewkesbury. It was then enlarged and extended by Princess Augusta, the widow of Frederick, Prince of Wales. George III enriched the gardens, aided by William Aiton and Sir Joseph Banks. The old Kew Park (by then renamed the White House), was demolished in 1802. The "Dutch House" adjoining was purchased by George III in 1781 as a nursery for the royal children. It is a plain brick structure now known as Kew Palace.’*~* In 1840 however the gardens were adopted as a botanic garden, and is now 120 hectares (300 acres). It is the leading centre of botanical research and training ground for professional gardeners. In 2005 Kew received 1.48 million visitors, which was the most since 1949.

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*~*‘The mission of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is: "To enable better management of the Earth's environment by increasing knowledge and understanding of the plant and fungal kingdoms - the basis of life on earth. "’*~*

Our first stop on our tour of the gardens was one of the greenhouses behind the gardens, where they were growing and cultivating various plants, which liked humid conditions, such as the carnivorous plants, lillies and orchids.  


Sarracenia are herbaceous perennial plants, which are a member of the pitcher plant family. They are most commonly found on the southeast coast ...

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