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Cacti and succulents are guaranteed to invoke a response or an emotion. They are simply too dramatic not to be noticed and admired. "Cacti and Succulents" will familiarize the reader with the fascinating world of cacti and succulents, and introduce a selection of easy-to-grow species suitable for the beginner, as well as some of the more difficult and desirable species that make up this fascinating group of plants. Cacti and succulents differ vastly in shape and size: some, such as the mighty saguaro (Camegiea gigantea), can reach a height of over 20m, while others are no taller than a few stacked coins. Cacti increasingly find favour amongst city dwellers, regardless of whether they have large gardens or a balcony or patio available for a few choice plants only. As a result of their often bizarre morphologies, cacti have acquired a large worldwide following of dedicated collectors and growers.Biografía del autor:
Author Gideon Smith is Chief Director: Research and Scientific Services at the South African National Biodiversity Institute, and holds the John Acocks professorial chair at the University of Pretoria. As a past president of the International Organization for Succulent Plant Study, and chairman of the World Flora Project, he also holds various positions on the steering committees of international botanical initiatives. His work on succulents has been widely recognized and he is the recipient of the prestigious Cactus d'Or (Monaco/IOS), a Fellowship from the American Cactus and Succulent Society and the Allen Dyer Medal (South African Succulent Society). He has published numerous books, scientific and popular papers on succulent plants. Consultant Dr Tony Mace has been involved in the management of the British Cactus and Succulent Society for many years and is currently publications manager and webmaster. He and his wife have authored a book on cacti and succulents, and regularly lecture on the subject both nationally and internationally. They have a personal collection of some 5,000 plants which has featured in a number of TV gardening programmes.
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Descripción New Holland Publishers Ltd, 2006. Hardcover. Condición: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. del artículo: P111845371674