12 July 2008

The Cactus Family - new book and an upcoming Eastern Cactus and Succulent Conference Aug 16

The 16th Eastern Cactus & Succulent Conference in Chelmsford, MA
Aug .15 -17 will be held as scheduled.

Speakers include Steven Hammer - of the Sphaeroid Institute, California, international authority on Mesembryanthemums, Haworthia and other South African succulents.
Ernst van Jaarsveld - Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens, South Africa, internationally known authority on Gasteria and the Flora of South Africa.
Panayoti Kelaidis - Denver Botanic Garden, intl. authority on hardy succulents and alpines.
Mark Dimmitt PhD - Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Adenium, Pachypodium, Trichocereus & more.
Dennis Cathcart - of Tropiflora, Florida, explorer and grower of bromeliads.

Click here to go to the conference website for all the information.

The end all be all 776-page book of cactus has been released by Timber Press.
The Cactus Family by Edward F. Anderson, Foreword by Wilhelm Barthlott and a chapter on cactus cultivation by Roger Brown.

I could do no better than the Timber Press website description, so it follows here.

This long-awaited, monumental work covers the Cactaceae in an encyclopedic manner, addressing 125 genera and 1810 species.

The most comprehensive single resource on the subject available today, it includes more than 1000 color photographs in addition to other illustrations.

The introduction to each genus concentrates on the discovery of the cacti, and the improvements in our understanding of them, many of which result from relatively recent investigation.

As stated in the foreword, "Cacti have a special fascination all their own. Miniature spiny dwarf cacti less than an inch in diameter are hidden in the arid regions of North and South America; the majestic columns of the giant saguaro, Carnegiea gigantea, dominate the deserts of Arizona.

Yet all these cacti, given time, offer the surprising paradox of brilliant flowers, their delicacy a striking contrast to the strong spines that keep the viewer at a respectful distance."

This remarkable diversity is fully described and illustrated in this authoritative encyclopedia, which is both scientifically accurate and readable.

The Cactus Family won the American Horticultural Society Book Award and Horticultural Libraries Literature Award.

This book is an accomplishment by any horticultural or publishing standard. The photographs and descriptions could make a collector out of a casual grower.

Biographical information about the author from the Timber Press site:

The late Edward F. Anderson was Senior Research Botanist at the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona. He was past president of the International Organization for Succulent Plant Study, a fellow of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, and a member of the Linnean Society, London. In addition, Anderson was professor emeritus, Whitman College, where he taught biology for 30 years. In 1998 Dr. Anderson was awarded the prestigious Cactus d'Or, given by the principality of Monaco for outstanding research on succulents. His publications include Peyote: The Divine Cactus, Plants and People of the Golden Triangle, also published by Timber Press, and Threatened Cacti of Mexico. He was also a contributor to several other books and published numerous papers during his more than 45 years of research on cacti. Edward 'Ted' Anderson passed away in March 2001.

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