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The Cactus Primer

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674281714

Publication Date: 06/05/1986

286 pages

246 halftones, 99 line illustrations, 12 tables


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  • The Cactus Plant
    • Diversity of Form
    • General Physiological Characteristics
    • Reproductive Structures
    • Classification
    • Selected Bibliography
  • Cacti with Primitive Features
    • Vegetative Structure of a Nonsucculent Pereskia
    • Organogenesis of the Shoot System
    • Reproductive Structures of Pereskia
    • Types of Leaf-Bearing Cacti
    • Selected Bibliography
  • Succulence
    • Anatomy of Stem Succulence in Cacti
    • Roots and Root Succulence
    • Significance of Succulence for Growth and Survival
    • Selected Bibliography
  • Gas Exchange and Crassulacean Acid
    • Metabolism
    • General Characteristics of Gas Exchange
    • Gas Exchange of Pereskia
    • Gas Exchange in Stem-Succulent Cacti
    • Selected Bibliography
  • Areoles and Spines
    • The Nature of Spines
    • The Nature of Trichomes
    • Possible Functions of Spines and Trichomes
    • Areoles and Flowers
    • Selected Bibliography
  • Tubercles and Ribs
    • Phyllotaxy and the Fihonacci Sequence
    • Development of Tubercles and Ribs
    • Adaptive Significance of Ribs
    • Cladodes
    • Selected Bibliography
  • Factors Affecting Distribution
    • Water
    • Low Temperature
    • High Temperature
    • Selected Bibliography
  • Growth Habits
    • Diversification of Growth Habits
    • Evolution of Wood Structure
    • Plant Form and Interception of Photosynthetically Active Radiation
    • Selected Bibliography
  • Special Chemicals
    • Betalain Pigments
    • Alkaloids
    • Triterpenes and Sterols
    • Mucilage and Latex
    • Protein Inclusions in Sieve-Tube Elements
    • Crystals
    • Elemental Analysis
    • Plant Defenses—An Overview
    • Selected Bibliography
  • Phylogeny and Speciation
    • Reconstructing Phylogenies
    • Phylogenetic Studies and the Classification of Cacti
    • Speciation, Hybridization, and Polyploidy
    • Selected Bibliography
  • Evolutionary Relationships
    • The Hypothetical Ancestor
    • Relatives
    • Biogeography
    • The Evolution of Cactus Characteristics--An Overview
    • Selected Bibliography
  • Glossary
  • Index

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