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Published: A New CFZ Yearbook

Posted by: Nick Redfern on April 21st, 2013

A new CFZ Yearbook is among us…

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CFZ Yearbook: 2013

Posted by: Nick Redfern on March 10th, 2013

The latest edition of the CFZ Yearbook has just been published…

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A Plant of the Man-Eating Kind

Posted by: Nick Redfern on November 10th, 2012

In a new post at his Shuker Nature blog, Dr. Karl Shuker begins: “When the Venus flytrap Dionaea muscipula was first made known to botanists in the 1760s, they would not believe that it could actually catch and consume insects – until living specimens were observed in action. Moreover, reports have also emerged from several […]

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When Turtles Fly

Posted by: Nick Redfern on June 17th, 2012

Beasts and all things bizarre…

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Cryptobotany: NY’s Relict Aquatic Tree Species

Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 7th, 2011

Want to search for something that won’t move around as much as a cryptid? Get outside and look for these cryptoliving things: Nyssa aquatica and Taxodium distichum have been found where they are not suppose to be. Images.

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Cryptobotany: New Tree Genus Discovered

Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 19th, 2010

The locals called it guayaba. Image.

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Cryptocamouflage Vehicle

Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 21st, 2009

The 1979 Chevy K-10 Blazer has a 400ci small block V-8 with an Edlebrock “Performer” intake topped with a Carter 800 cfm 4-barrel carburetor. Graphic images.

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New Palm Species Discovered

Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 27th, 2008

It appears this one has been hiding in plain sight. Image.

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Cryptobotany Fiction: Flora Curiosa

Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 6th, 2008

The stories are the precursors and often directly influence contemporary “killer plant” science fiction and fantasy books and films.

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Exclusive: New Parasitic Plant’s Scientific Name

Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 6th, 2008

On May 2nd, I ran the story here about George Yatskievych, the scientist with the Missouri Botanical Garden who has rediscovered and identified a rare parasitic plant (above). A single specimen of the plant was found in Mexico in 1985. The plant wasn’t seen again until St. Louis botanist George Yatskievych and a colleague found […]

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Parasitic Plant Rediscovered After 20 Years

Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 2nd, 2008

A plant only its mother and father could love? It looks beautiful to me. This is a cryptobotany triumph. This rediscovered parasitic plant was found June 12, 2006, in Guerrero, Mexico, and not seen since 1985. Photograph by George Yatskievych. A scientist with the Missouri Botanical Garden has rediscovered and identified a rare parasitic plant […]

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An Old Chestnut

Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 25th, 2008

Ohio has a secret, which has been revealed a bit. A secret tree, that is. The state has kept their secret for seven years. They retain part of the hidden knowledge about the above pictured tree, because they aren’t telling anyone where it is located. This Ohio treasure’s existence was closely guarded until last week […]

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Madagascar’s Cryptids

Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 24th, 2008

Harry Trumbore’s drawing of Madagascar’s kalanoro, from The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates. New species of lemurs keep being discovered in Madagascar. But there’s a long history of other cryptids being reported from the world’s fourth largest island. Besides the big three (Kalanoro, Elephant Bird, and Man-Eating Tree) that have historically been […]

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Rats! Or Not?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 28th, 2008

Remember the recent story of the discovery of a rat-eating pitcher plant? Do they or don’t they? Rats! Or not? It sure kicked up a few pro and con feelings about the whole issue. Some people wondered if pitcher plants can actually “eat” (i.e. dissolve and digest) rats? Despite scientific literature saying it happens, skeptics […]

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Underwater Mushroom Discovered

Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 24th, 2008

Photo by Robert Coffan – The Psathyrella aquatica mushroom, pictured above, was recently discovered by scientists in the Rogue Valley, Oregon. The Southern Oregon University environmental studies and biology faculty will share their discovery of a new species of mushroom that grows underwater – the first of its kind – in a presentation tomorrow in […]

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