By James D. Mauseth
This e-book 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 sort of this travelogue permits us to proportion within the authors' pleasure as they come across vegetation that experience hardly, if ever, been written approximately. approximately 195 notable colour images accompany the vibrant descriptions of surprising cacti starting to be along non-succulent crops, at altitudes of 8000 ft or more-and even in rainforests! A Cactus Odyssey will curiosity gardeners, tourists, and conservationists from world wide who desire to examine extra approximately those impossible to resist vegetation, and it's the desire of the authors that this booklet will encourage others to adopt their very own cactus odyssey.
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Many cacti of humid coastal regions, such as those of Acanthocereus, Leptocereus, and Pereskia, have little succulence. Cacti in habitats that routinely have only one period of rain a year, on the other hand, must contain large amounts of succulent tissue, not enough to last merely a year, but enough in case there are two bad years in a row. Armatocerei, copi- Cacti: Introduction, Biology, and History 15 apoas, and soehrensias survive years without rain, relying on their abundance of stored water.
Perhaps cacti cannot transpire rapidly enough to keep themselves cool because they do not have enough water. forests (“tropical” indicates that it never freezes), and rarely in temperate ones (where freezes occur at least occasionally). There are many temperate rainforests in the Americas, but few have epiphytic cacti. Of the rainforest cacti, Selenicereus seems among the most hardy, some plants surviving even mild freezing conditions in cultivation. The number of cacti adapted to cold, high alpine conditions is surprisingly large.
Individuals of Echinopsis also grow among the bromeliads, and several plants of Cereus have taken root where clefts in the rock are wide enough. place. They are delicate, even fragile, and because we have seen them only as houseplants, it seems incongruous that here they are surrounded by cactus and rock. During a sunny summer day, the heat must be incredible, yet the plants survive. The begonias are obviously healthy and happy, and so beautiful that we do not mind that we have not found any new cacti up here.