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The Cactus Primer

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$65.00 • €48.00

ISBN 9780674281714

Publication Date: 06/05/1986

286 pages

246 halftones, 99 line illustrations, 12 tables


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Everyone with more than a passing interest in the cacti will want this book. It is a pleasure to read, highly informative on a wealth of subjects, and profusely illustrated…A marvelous example of how all the components of scientific inquiry fit together to illuminate the biology of a fascinating evolutionary lineage. It deserves a wide readership.—Michael Nee, Brittonia

The authors state that their Primer ‘is the first and not the final chapter of the learning experience.’ If this is the case, then this book is a wonderful beginning! Gibson and Nobel have done a masterful job of gathering together information about the cactus family and of presenting it in a pleasant and lucid style.—Edward F. Anderson, American Scientist

There probably is no other pair better qualified to write such a book. It is clearly the most comprehensive book on cacti ever written…An unequalled, detailed, comprehensive, one-volume library on cactus biology that should serve as a valuable resource for anyone seriously interested in the field.—James W. O’Leary, Science Books and Films

This volume will be welcomed by botanists, horticulturists and amateur cactophiles alike, and especially by those interested in the drier parts of the world, for it is not possible to find such a mass of scattered information in one book—and amassed and expertly evaluated by two recognized specialists.—Richard Evans Schultes, Journal of Ethnobiology

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