The Cactus File Handbook 3: Adromischus
by John Pilbeam, Chris
Rodgerson and Derek Tribble
This is the first publication to deal solely with the southern African genus Adromischus; although the plants have long been popular in collections there has never before been a comprehensive, illustrated reference to aid enthusiasts. Written by John Pilbeam, Chris Rodgerson and Derek Tribble, three of the UK's leading Adro-advocates, this exciting Handbook illustrates the amazing variation to be found within many of the species, and discusses in detail the plants in cultivation and in the wild.
This 80 page book, with 109 full colour illustrations showing the 29 recognized species, plus the subspecies, varieties and numerous variations, provides an unrivalled source of information on this popular and beautiful group of succulent plants. Many of the plants are illustrated both in habitat and in cultivation, and the information on numerous species is supplemented with composite pictures of leaves, showing the amazing variation that occurs within a single species. It is this variation that has deterred authors in the past from attempting to review the genus, and the composite pictures illustrate to good effect the problems that are faced by taxonomists or students of these plants in attempting to determine the diagnostic characters of each species.
The Handbook also includes a number of additional chapters, including:
Classification Adromischus is closely related to Cotyledon and Tylecodon, and the
diagnostic characters of the three genera, as published by Helmut Toelken, are detailed.
Previous authors have attempted to bring some order into Adromischus by division of the
genus according to floral characters, the first being Uitewaal in 1952, followed by
important work by Paul Hutchison in the late 1950s and early 60s, Myron Kimnach in 1953,
and Hermann Jacobsen in 1960 and 1974. But the works of Toelken in 1978 and 1985 provide
the most complete revision of the genus, and the basis for the classification adopted in
the Handbook. The 5 sections (1 Adromischus, 2 Boreali, 3
Brevipedunculati, 4 Incisolobati, 5 Longipedunculati) are detailed, with
descriptions and illustrations of the floral characters of each, and one of Toelken's keys
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(Published 1998) ISBN 0 9528302 3 X (hardbound), ISBN 0 9528302 4 8 (softbound).
104 pages, 165 x 235mm.
UK Price: Softbound
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