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    I second the Capensis. Was my first thought. I have like 5 adults with the old woody stems crammed into one 3" pot. They are essentially grown as bonsai.

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    I've found that the words "shitakusa" and "kusamono" are the proper terms for "herb bonsai"; the type of bonsai that carnivorous plants could be made into. Search for images of those words. All sorts of plants (and non-plants) are used in shitakusa and kusamono, for example: grasses, ferns, cacti, succulents, mosses, mushrooms, lichen, herbs, orchids and many other plants.
    However, I have not seen one using carnivorous plants yet . . .

    Anyway, here are some beautiful photos I found, most are from bonsai websites:
    http://www.lotus-bonsai.com/Kokedama...ama-bonsai.jpg
    http://www.bonsaibull.com/wp-content...-800-x-509.jpg
    http://www.lotus-bonsai.com/Kokedama...sai-studio.jpg
    http://www.bonsaibull.com/wp-content...-800-x-533.jpg
    http://bonsaibark.com/wp-content/uploads/isthis2.jpg
    http://www.bonsaifirenze.com/Mostra%.../atsa00001.jpg
    http://images.quickblogcast.com/7/4/...Shore.jpg?a=90
    http://www.petit-arbre.com/wp-conten...usa_biche2.jpg
    http://www.bonsaipots.net/uploads/im...halen/ex00.jpg
    http://www.blog.designsquish.com/ima...kusa_thumb.jpg
    http://i37.servimg.com/u/f37/16/77/93/59/fishin10.jpg
    http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/23...35d986467b.jpg
    http://i01.i.aliimg.com/wsphoto/v0/1...ery-strong.jpg
    http://www.aias-suiseki.it/userfiles...BS2013/11s.JPG
    http://img2.banggood.com/thumb/view/...U084685-00.jpg
    http://www.lotus-bonsai.com/public_h...i-kusamono.jpg
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-S9A_EpFbxZ...tum_bonsai.jpg
    http://www.banzaibonsai.com/wp-conte...ss_070912.jpeg
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_5qSZxgM_pO...+brunnera3.JPG
    http://magicalbonsaiaccents.files.wo...4-s1.jpg?w=510
    http://www.scottishbonsai.org/atoz/p...mentella-s.jpg

    Bonsai and shitakusa/kusamono are often displayed together:
    http://dupuich.smugmug.com/Bonsai/Di...27_n5sem-S.jpg
    http://bonsaitonight.files.wordpress.../display-8.jpg

    Notice all the plants at the bottom of this photo:
    http://bonsaitonight.files.wordpress...4/suzuki-1.jpg

    I spent way too much time finding these pics, hope you enjoy them! Let them inspire your creative plantings!
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    Closest thing I ever had to a bonsai CP was my old ventricosa.



    I lopped the top off and it went crazy.



    If you think really hard you might be able to pass it off as a Han-Kengai.
    Trying to rebuild. Feel free to PM me with questions.

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    A bit off topic, where I live there are a few Bonsai purveyors. They seem to dash from busy street corner to another busy street corner, and always have lots of inventory. However it all seems to be some sort of cypress or other boring species, never a maple or anything of interest. I also have a feeling they have only root pruned them and shoved them into pots. Can't say if they allow for any acclimation to their new pots/situation prior to sale. One fellow showed up to a swap meet of a group I belong to and traded me a couple of bonsai pots for some lime seedlings. His outfit was, "Happy Andy's Bonsai." Presumably he was Andy, and his partner was happy as well, but could not say for sure.

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    True bonsai is done with a woody stemmed plant such as a tree or shrub dwarfed by root and branch pruning with said plant(s) being the sole focus of the piece. Neither shitakusa nor kusamono are considered to be "bonsai". As such, both shitakusa and kusamono can be considered a different (but still very cool) art form. Btw, another related art form you might be interested in is "saikei" (pronounced sigh-kay). In saikei, the goal is to create a miniature landscape. Several of the pictures you posted would count as saikei.
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    I know a little about bonsai, but I am not an expert in any way. However shitakusa/kusamono seem to go hand in hand, right along with bonsai. I haven't found a bonsai website or book that does not mention or have pictures of shitakusa/kusamono. Whatever the name, Carnivorous plants would make beautiful shitakusa/kusamono plantings, and with the ideas members have suggested, it seems very possible to make a carnivorous bonsai!

    Check out this link (scroll down to the bottom) and see how well shitakusa/kusamono and bonsai go together. Imagine replacing some of those plants with carnivores and be inspired!
    http://www.aias-suiseki.it/en/taxonomy/term/120

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    I don't know about bonsai, but I have a dwarfed N.Mirabilis, It was one from seed but I think when I repotted it I shocked it, because even now (after a few years) it is only 8-10cm in diameter and 3-4cm tall, whereas its siblings are all over 40cm diameter and a few are over a meter long, it also makes tiny little 2cm traps

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    Oh, they are related, Acro, but still not considered the same. Shitakusa pieces are used to enhance a display area containing bonsai, but are not themselves considered bonsai. They are simply containerized "decorations," if you will. Kusamono pieces are typically stand alone displays/centerpieces (though they don't have to be) but they, too, are not considered bonsai. Whereas bonsai are works of living art that -- if properly cared for -- may last for decades or centuries (I read somewhere that the oldest known bonsai is over 500 yrs old), both kusamono & shitakusa are far more ephemeral. Not only are the plants used not nearly as long-lived, but they are far more limited as to what can be done to keep them small. As a result, they are replanted/replaced after a time. Having said all that, there certainly is nothing wrong with your desires to try to "dwarf" some carnivorous plants or to create a saikei (landscape scene in miniature) using cps. I, for one, am very much looking forward to seeing what you create. Could be very cool! (Especially, IMO, should you create a saikei of a bog in miniature, for instance.)
    "Blessed are the cracked….
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