A Cactus Odyssey: Journeys in the Wilds of Bolivia, Peru, by James D. Mauseth PDF

By James D. Mauseth

ISBN-10: 0881925268

ISBN-13: 9780881925265

This ebook provides 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 kind of this travelogue permits us to proportion within the authors' pleasure as they stumble upon vegetation that experience hardly, if ever, been written approximately. approximately 195 notable colour pictures accompany the brilliant descriptions of bizarre 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 worldwide who desire to examine extra approximately those impossible to resist vegetation, and it's the desire of the authors that this e-book will encourage others to adopt their very own cactus odyssey.

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Then they insisted on preparing a nice hot lunch for us of rice and chicken, the chicken being very, very fresh. As is so common in rural areas, people are generous and helpful. They also gave us directions to Piedras Marcadas, a 48 Lowlands of Eastern Bolivia locality where Frailea has been collected by other plant explorers. The location is not too far away, but the road is nothing but rock and dirt—arduous, in other words—and will delay us greatly. None of that matters, however, when it comes to a genus like Frailea.

It would not be surprising to find that plants in shade produce fewer flowers, fruits, and seeds than those lucky enough to be in sunnier microhabitats. On the other hand, cacti in the gen- Cacti in t h e Forest’s Shade 43 This specimen of Monvillea cavendishii snakes along the ground. Only if it accidentally encounters shrubs that will support it does it grow upright. Adventitious roots emerge wherever the stem touches the ground. Other species of Monvillea are more upright and treelike. era Rhipsalis and Epiphyllum have become adapted to extremely dim habitats in rainforests and now would not tolerate prolonged exposure to full sunlight.

Adventitious roots emerge wherever the stem touches the ground. Other species of Monvillea are more upright and treelike. era Rhipsalis and Epiphyllum have become adapted to extremely dim habitats in rainforests and now would not tolerate prolonged exposure to full sunlight. The next plants we find at the laja look and act like real, self-respecting cacti. They are small globose plants of Echinopsis hammerschmidii, each with many low ribs and short spines that mean business. The plants grow in clusters, some because they are the offsets of the central plant, others because several seeds germinated at the same spot.

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