By James D. Mauseth

This ebook offers the tales of 3 avid box biologists who over the process 15 years usually traveled jointly looking for cacti in Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina. The conversational form of this travelogue permits us to percentage within the authors' pleasure as they come upon vegetation that experience infrequently, if ever, been written approximately. approximately 195 extraordinary colour images accompany the bright descriptions of surprising cacti starting to be along non-succulent vegetation, at altitudes of 8000 ft or more-and even in rainforests! A Cactus Odyssey will curiosity gardeners, tourists, and conservationists from worldwide who desire to research extra approximately those impossible to resist crops, and it's the desire of the authors that this ebook will motivate others to adopt their very own cactus odyssey.

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Many species and hybrids can be purchased from nurseries, and they bloom every spring, often with many large flowers on each stem. Give them Bolivian lowland conditions: dappled sun, rich soil, and lots of water in summer. Monvillea, and other plants from the morning. A quick climb up the bare sides brings us to the first vegetation patch, a small “lawn” of terrestrial bromeliads. These are tough plants with coarse, cutting leaves that can slash through clothing and skin easily: they are not the delicate epiphytic rainforest bromeliads often found with orchids in tropical greenhouses.

Although the species resemble each other in many aspects, there are also differences. Members of Echinopsis are short and usually small, globular, lowland plants; those in Trichocereus are columnar and often giants with habitats that range from lowlands to intermediate altitudes; plants in Soehrensia are very broad, massive globes up to 2 feet (60 cm) in diameter that live at altitudes above 6000 feet (2000 meters); and the species placed in Lobivia are mostly smaller plants adapted to high altitudes.

There are a few species of prickly pear opuntias and chollalike cacti (although not called chollas in South America), but there are also treelike Opuntia quimilo and Quiabentia, small spreading plants of Maihueniopsis and Tephrocactus, tiny, almost subterranean plants of Pterocactus and Puna, and vinelike Tacinga. Most of these can be recognized as cacti by their spines and succulent bodies, and many have small leaves. In some the leaves are almost invisible, and spines are sometimes so short that only if you cut the plants open are they visible.

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