Cacti of the Trans-Pecos & Adjacent Areas

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Texas Tech University Press, 2004 - Nature - 509 pages
A Southwest Book of the Year * 2005 Southwest Book Award“[A] monumental study.” —Review of Texas Books“A reliable and handy general reference for those with an interest in cacti inside and outside this region. Recommended.” —Choice“These authors have . . . provided the world with the much needed scientific clarification on this family of succulent plants that humans have loved and hated for thousands of years.” —Sida“Information: Wow! . . . For both lay readers and for researchers looking for lots of data about the cacti of this rich flora, this book offers fascinating details presented in a very readable fashion.” —Cactus and Succulents Journal"This will be the standard reference for decades to come."—Southwest Books of the YearOf the 132 species and varieties of cacti in Texas, about 104 of them occur in the fifteen counties of the Trans-Pecos region. This volume includes full descriptions of those many genera, species, and varieties of cacti, with sixty-four maps showing the distribution of each species in the region.The descriptions follow the latest findings of cactus researchers worldwide and include scientific names; common names; identifying characters based on vegetative habit, flowers, fruit, and seeds; identification of flowerless specimens; and phenology and biosystematics.The introduction—full of details about the biology and morphology of the family Cactaceae, the uses of cacti, and the horticulture and conservation of cacti—is an important reference for general readers. More than three hundred beautiful full-color photographs of the cacti in flower and in fruit, all cross-referenced to their description in the text, highlight the book.A glossary of cactus terms, an exhaustive list of literature, and a thorough index complete the book.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Biology of Cacti
4
Physiology Primary Compound Chemistry
20
Secondary Compound Chemistry
26
Ecology and Biogeography
30
Evolution
36
Pollination Biology
39
Uses and Other Ethnobotany
44
Classification of Cacti
65
Key to the Genera
68
Descriptive Cactus Flora
73
Selected Glossary
465
Literature Cited
479
Index
497
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About the author (2004)

A. Michael Powell is professor emeritus of biology and former director and curator of the A Michael Powell Herbarium, Sul Ross State University.James F. Weedin is a professor in biology/geology at the Community College of Aurora, Colorado, and research associate with the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute.

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