One hundred thirty-two species, subspecies, and varieties of cacti may be found in Texas. About one hundred of them occur in the state’s Trans-Pecos region, one of the most cactus-rich areas of the United States, but at least one kind can be found in every county of the state. This volume is an identification guide to the genera, species, and varieties of Texas cacti, with maps showing the distribution of each.Based on the comprehensive reference Cacti of the Trans-Pecos and Adjacent Regions (2004), by A. Michael Powell and James F. Weedin, this field guide provides briefer, less detailed treatments of the entire state’s species for educated general readers. More than three hundred beautiful full-color photographs of the cacti in flower and in fruit, each placed with its description in the text, highlight the book. Readers may identify cacti using color photographs of the plants, keys, distribution maps, and descriptions of the vegetative characters, flowers, and fruits.The introduction—full of details about the biology and morphology of the family Cactaceae and the uses, horticulture, and conservation of cacti—is an important reference for general readers. A glossary of cactus terms, an exhaustive list of literature, and a thorough index complete the book.This guide was designed for use by naturalists and hobbyists as well as serious students. Visitors to the national parks, state parks, and other natural areas of Texas will find it essential to identifying the cacti.
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A. Michael Powell is distinguished professor emeritus of biology and director of the Herbarium at Sul Ross State University.James F. Weedin is a professor in biology/geology at the Community College of Aurora, Colorado, and a research associate with the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute.Shirley A. Powell is a retired science teacher, author, and botanical illustrator.Review:
"Lemonvine is not the only wild plant profiled in Cacti of Texas that might tempt gardeners. In fact, this so-called field guide could easily become a gardener's wishbook." --William Scheick, Texas Gardener's Seeds 6/4/2008 "Profiles with distribution maps and color photos describe all the state's genera with keys to the Trans-Pecos species." --SciTech Booknews, 6/2008 "The manual, with its beautiful full-color photographs and distribution maps, will be important to professionals in national and state park resource interpretation, wildlife biology, ecology, range management, and environmental consulting." --Sirreadalot.org, 4/2008 "Powell & Weedin converted their extraordinary 2004 treatise Cacti of the Trans-Pecos and Adjacent Areas into an equally superb abridged version, a.k.a. field guide." --Root Gorelich, Plant Science Bulletin 2008
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