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Author: John Pilbeam

This monograph is a detailed account of the entire cactus genus, Echinocereus. The book follows the format of most other books by this author. It leads off with an introduction that is followed by an account of the geographic distribution of the genus. This includes 8 full-page maps of the US and Mexico. The accuracy of the distribution here is at the state level. This information is repeated under each species account along with further detail as to the habitat locations for many species - such as specific counties within a state.

One page of very general cultivation advice is given. A checklist of species precedes a page on classification of the genus into sections. There is also a listing of Herbaria with Echinocereus.

The bulk of the book is the orderly, alphabetical species by species accounting that Pilbeam is famous for. This book is in the same format as previous works and includes a full description of species and subspecies a listing of the type, distribution, and mixed within are additional notes, such as comparisons to similar species or taxonomic changes. At least one photo is listed for each species. Many have 2-3 images and a few have more. All species are pictured in flower.

At the tail of the book is a helpful index of Echinocereus names that includes synonyms and the name they are listed under in this book.

This book will be a welcome reference for cactus enthusiasts of all types as it is both easy to follow and packed with information.

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Specific Details

Hardcover: 178 pages
Title: Echinocereus
Author: John Pilbeam
Publisher: British Cactus and Succulent Society
Date: 2011
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: 9780902099944
Language: English
Weight: 1 lbs 15.9 ounces

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