By Edward F. Anderson
Basically now, firstly of the recent millennium, is there an updated, finished examine of the cactus kin. This long-awaited, enormous paintings covers the Cactaceae in an encyclopedic demeanour, addressing one hundred twenty five genera and 1810 species. the main complete unmarried source at the topic to be had this present day, it contains greater than a thousand colour images as well as different illustrations. The creation to every genus concentrates at the discovery of the cacti, and the advancements in our figuring out of them, a lot of which outcome from fairly fresh research. As acknowledged within the foreword, "Cacti have a distinct fascination all their very own. Miniature spiny dwarf cacti lower than an inch in diameter are hidden within the arid areas of North and South the US; the majestic columns of the enormous saguaro, Carnegiea gigantea, dominate the deserts of Arizona. but these kinds of cacti, given time, supply the outstanding paradox of excellent flora, their delicacy a outstanding distinction to the robust spines that preserve the viewer at a deferential distance." This striking variety is totally defined and illustrated during this authoritative encyclopedia, that is either scientifically exact and readable. it is also a bankruptcy by means of Roger Brown at the cultivation of cacti, making the ebook much more beneficial to growers and hobbyists, in addition to to taxonomists, ethnobotanists, and conservationists---indeed, someone drawn to succulent crops.