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The Cactus Family


Author: Edward F. Anderson

This Long-Awaited, monumental study of the cacti is the first complete treatment of the family since the landmark work by Nathaniel Lord Britton and Joseph Nelson Rose, published 1919-1923. In this new book, Edward F. Anderson covers the Cactaceae in an encyclopedic manner, addressing 125 genera and 1810 species. Descriptions are short, but information-packed, and the book includes more than 1000 color photographs in addition to other illustrations. The author's intention was to produce a scientifically accurate but readable book that would be useful to a wide range of readers: students, taxonomists, ethnobotanists, conservationists, indeed, anyone interested in succulent plants. The introduction of the cacti and the improvements in our understanding of them, in many cases the result of relatively recent investigation.

As stated in the forward, "Cacti have a special fascination all their own. Like the brilliantly colored hummingbirds, they are creatures of the New World. Miniature spiny dwarf cacti less than an inch in diameter are hidden in the arid regions of North and South America; the majestic columns of the giant saguaro, Carnegiea gigantea, dominate the deserts of Arizona. Yet all these cacti, given time, offer the surprising paradox of brilliant flowers, their delicacy a striking contrast to the strong spines that keep the viewer at a respectful distance."

this remarkable diversity is fully described and illustrated in this authoritative encyclopedia, which also includes a chapter on the cultivation of cacti by Roger Brown, making the book even more useful to growers and hobbyists. It is truly the best and most up-to-date single resource on the subject available anywhere.

-Above text quoted from the books inside dust-cover.<

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Hardcover: 776 pages
Illustrated
Title: The Cactus Family
Author: Edward F. Anderson
Publisher: Timber Press
Date: 2001
ISBN 10: 0881924989
ISBN 13:
Language: English
Weight: 6 lbs 8.9 ounces

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