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Nov 15, 2006 (Vol. 26, No. 20)

Carnivorous Plant Photo Finder

  • Amazing number of pix
  • Can there be much call for this?
You come home from another day, slaving away at your job. You’re dead tired, too tired, in fact, to go looking for pix of carnivorous plants. What to do? Well, if you’re like normal people, you go to the Carnivorous Plant Photo Finder (CPPF) to make this onerous task easier. What, you say, there actually is a Carnivorous Plant Photo Finder? Yes, grasshopper. There is one less thing for you to worry about. Hosted at Humboldt University by Bob Ziemer, CPPF is a site you’ve got to love, whenever you need to find a picture of a carnivorous plant. Linked, as only makes sense, to the International Carnivorous Plant Society’s (ICPS) Carnivorous Plant Database, this amazing set of pages is for real and not only that, it seems to have pictures of half of the plant kingdom in it. Can there really be that many flesh eaters out there? If you want to worry about things that really ought to spend more time photosynthesizing, this is probably a dream site for you.
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