CHOMP! They Came from the Swamp

at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park

When
Mon Sep 1 (full schedule below)
Where
Conservatory of Flowers
Time
10am-4pm
Tags
Museums, Science Museums, Family, Childrens Museums

Description

Fall prey to some of the plant kingdom’s most alluring and murderous creations this spring as the carnivores return to the Conservatory of Flowers in a new exhibit, CHOMP! They Came from the Swamp. The Special Exhibits Gallery will be transformed into a swampy paradise for hundreds of meat-eating plants. Visitors get a bug’s eye view of a few of these peckish plants to learn why these plants 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.

Schedule

Conservatory of Flowers
100 J F Kennedy Dr
San Francisco, CA
Mon Sep 1 (10am-4pm)
Tue Sep 2 (10am-4pm)
Wed Sep 3 (10am-4pm)
Thu Sep 4 (10am-4pm)
Fri Sep 5 (10am-4pm)

More Info

Link
http://www.conservatoryofflowers.org
Call
415-831-2090
Email
Contact Form (account required)

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Location

  1. Conservatory of Flowers
    100 J F Kennedy Dr, San Francisco, CA