Each of our permanent galleries focus on a different tropical niche, that introduces visitors to the vast array of plant species that call the rainforest home. Our ever-changing Special Exhibits Gallery will offer something new and exciting every time you visit.

Friday, April 11, 2014 - Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Conservatory of Flowers’ popular carnivorous plant exhibition returns

The meat-eaters are here! Fall prey to some of the plant kingdom’s most "alluring" yet murderous creations with CHOMP! They Came from the Swamp. The Special Exhibits Gallery has been transformed into a swampy paradise for hundreds of carnivorous plants. Visitors get a bug’s eye view of a few of these peckish plants to learn how they have adapted to attract, capture and, eat prey, as well as how they have perfected and honed their hunting skills. 

The extraordinary beauty and diversity of species on display will dazzle even the most squeamish. The natural born killers include the Venus flytrap (Dionaea), equipped with highly sensitive hairs that detect the moment when a “meal” has landed in its clutches; the pitcher plants (Sarracenia and Nepenthes), with a deceptive beauty that is often the last thing insects see as they plummet to their deaths, drown, and are consumed; the sticky sundew (Drosera), with leaves covered in mucusy tentacles that slowly wrap over prey; and the seemingly harmless looking butterwort (Pinguicula), its gluey leaves, however, often covered in small insect corpses.

Large models of several species throughout the exhibit also give visitors a taste of what it might be like to be a tiny insect in a world of towering meat eaters waiting for their next meal.


The Conservatory gratefully acknowledges its exhibit partner California Carnivores.


California Carnivores


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