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

By James D. Mauseth

This e-book 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 ever, if ever, been written approximately. approximately 195 impressive colour photos accompany the brilliant descriptions of bizarre cacti starting to be along non-succulent vegetation, 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 research extra approximately those impossible to resist vegetation, and it's the desire of the authors that this publication will motivate others to adopt their very own cactus odyssey.

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A closer inspection will reveal the dead object to be a fruit full of seeds, not a withered flower bud. How can a flower bud produce a fruit without ever opening and carrying out cross-pollination? Fraileas are self-fertile, and the pollen from a flower can fertilize the stigmas of the same flower even though the flower never opens. 5 cm) or less deep. Look closely for the many tiny Frailea seedlings. Most of the vivid green plants are Selaginella, very primitive plants that reproduce by spores, not with seeds.

The echinopsises prefer the edge of the laja, where soil is not too deep. These cacti are temporarily in the sun but will be shaded as shadows of surrounding trees move across them. Behind the echinopsises are terrestrial bromeliads. And yet their close relatives are in genera such as Trichocereus and Soehrensia, massive plants that grow to be huge columnar cacti up to 20 feet (6 m) tall or giant spheres over 1 foot (30 cm) in diameter and that thrive in full sunlight of maximum intensity. If we considered only their ecology and physiology, we would not conclude that Echinopsis is related to the hardy plants of Trichocereus, but after one look at their flowers, we see that the kinship is obvious.

Because trees can surround a laja but cannot grow too close where the soil is thin, parts of a laja are shady and other parts suffer the full intensity of the midday sun. This would be a good spot to find Frailea, but we do not have such good luck at this laja. Instead we find a snake, a long, thick, green snake. Fortunately it is slow-moving—in fact, it is not moving at all. Inspection from a prudent distance reveals it is a cactus, Monvillea kroenleinii. Plants of Monvillea often lie on the soil.

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