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View larger image of 'Copiapoa'Charles -  Copiapoa
A well illustrated account with colour photos from an enthusiastic specialist on the subject. 80 pages 1998 9 ½ x 6 ½
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: Slight imperfection to back of cover, New
Price: £(GBP)25.00
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View larger image of 'Gymnocalycium in Habitat and Culture'Charles, Graham -  Gymnocalycium in Habitat and Culture
A welcome new book on a popular genus of Cacti from a well known author in the Cactus Plant World. Based on his extensive experience of cultivating these plants and observing them in habitat, the book is written in his usual informative and easy to read style. After brief introductory sections on their history, characteristics, classification, cultivation, habitat and distribution, the bulk of the book covers the 56 species that he recognises. For each species and recognised sub-species there is a full description, etymology (meaning of the species name), distribution with a map, conservation status, history, commentary and cultivation information. The 624 colour illustrations cover the typical countryside they live in as well as plants in habitat, historic illustrations and plants in cultivation, and show some of the variation in the species. Final sections cover further reading, references, chromosome counts, cristate and variegated plants and Graham’s collection numbers. All that the grower would want. 2009 11 ¼ x 8 ½ 288 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , New
Price: £(GBP)48.00
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View larger image of 'Pachyforms - a Guide to Growing Pachycaul and Caudiciform Plants'de Vosjoli -  Pachyforms - a Guide to Growing Pachycaul and Caudiciform Plants
This book covers the world of Pachyforms – “fat” plants. The introductory sections cover what is a Pachyform and the families they areou found in, and a 60 page guide to growing them. The bulk of the book is a 160 page pictorial A-Z of the plants with one or two colour photos per page, and shows some quite amazing plants. The last 60 pages give some descriptions and propagation and cultivation advice of the plants illustrated. In all there are over 350 colour photographs, and the book is good value. 319 pages 2004 10 x 7
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , New
Price: £(GBP)37.50
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View larger image of 'Adenium: Sculptural Elegance, Floral Extravagance'Dimmitt, Joseph & Palzkill -  Adenium: Sculptural Elegance, Floral Extravagance
A welcome book on these increasingly popular flowering and architectural plants. Although it isn’t a formal revision of the genus, the authors take a splitters view of the species and each is described with habitat, cultivation and flower detail. A large part – about 1/3rd – is devoted to the current hybrids and there are quite long chapters on culture and propagation. Written by three enthusiasts who have good experience of growing the plants, the book is well illustrated with 490 colour photos. 2009 9 ½ x 7 ¼ 152 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , New
Price: £(GBP)22.50
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View larger image of 'Knowing, understanding, growing Turbinicarpus - Rapicactus'Donati & Zanovello -  Knowing, understanding, growing Turbinicarpus - Rapicactus
An attractively produced book on these popular plants, translated from the Italian, which presents the Authors’ view of the classification of these plants (including those previously in Gymnocactus), with many recently discovered forms and illustrated with over 360 colour photos, mainly of the plants in habitat. 12 x 8 ½ 2005 254 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , New
Price: £(GBP)30.00
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View larger image of 'Mesembs: The Titanopsis Group'Hammer, Steven -  Mesembs: The Titanopsis Group
Many people grow some of the Mesembs, but don’t venture much beyond Lithops and Conophytums. This is a shame as there are many attractive plants which are quite amenable in cultivation. There have been books on Mesembs before, but as there are so many species they can’t cover more than a small sample of the types. There has also been limited information on their cultivation which varies with the wide range of climate conditions the plants live in, and their varying ease of adaption to cultivation in our less than ideal conditions. So this, the first in a projected series, will be welcomed by many, as it both shows what can be grown and how to cultivate them. It is well illustrated with many colour photos both in cultivation and habitat including variations and close ups of leaf textures. Plus there are a number of botanic art paintings, seed capsule drawings and distribution maps. The genera covered in this volume are Aloinopsis, Deilanthe, Didymaotus, Ihlenfeldtia, Nananthus, Prepodesma, Tanquana ,Titanopsis and Vanheerdea Appendices include reprints of historical notes on cultivation by Tischer and others by Schwantes, Nel and Hall. Written by a well known personality who has extensive knowledge of the plants both in habitat and cultivation this well produced book will be the ultimate reference on these plants and will do a lot to increase their popularity in cultivation.
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , New
Price: £(GBP)38.50
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View larger image of 'The Genera Pediocactus, Navajoa, Toumeya (2007)'Hochstatter -  The Genera Pediocactus, Navajoa, Toumeya (2007)
In the same format and even larger than his recent “The Genus Sclerocactus”, this book both brings the authors understanding of these genera up to date, and also illustrates them very well. Based on 28 years of study, each recognised species is described and its distribution given. Much of the book is colour photos of the plants in habitat, and there are also reproductions of extracts of some relevant historic publications. English with a German summary. 2007 12 x 8 ¾ 383 pages
 
Cover: Laminated Illustrated Hard cover
Comments: , New
Price: £(GBP)47.50
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View larger image of 'The Genus Sclerocactus (2005)'Hochstatter, Fritz -  The Genus Sclerocactus (2005)
A sumptuous book of the genus from someone who has been studying the plants for 26 years. Each recognised species is described and its distribution given. Much of the book is colour photos of the plants in habitat, and there are also reproductions of extracts of some relevant historic publications. 2005 12 x 8 ¾ 335 pages
 
Cover: Laminated Illustrated Hard cover
Comments: , New
Price: £(GBP)47.50
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View larger image of 'A Cactus Odyssey: Journeys in the Wilds of Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina'James D. Mauseth, Roberto Kiesling & Carlos Ostolaza -  A Cactus Odyssey: Journeys in the Wilds of Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina
Subtitled “Journeys in the Wilds of Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina", this is the very readable account of the Authors’ travels through the countries searching for the plants, and giving interesting insights about them on the way. A remarkable book. 2002 Timber Press 9 ¼ x 6 ¼ 306 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £29.95), New
Price: £(GBP)15.00
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View larger image of 'Succulents Propagation'Kapitany & Schulz -  Succulents Propagation
Written by two nurserymen who know the tricks of the trade, this book covers all aspects from the basics through advanced vegetative techniques and seed raising, and then gives greater consideration to 38 genera, all well illustrated with colour photos. 2004 9 ¾ x 7 ¼ 112 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , New
Price: £(GBP)12.00
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View larger image of 'Small Opuntias'Pilbeam & Partridge -  Small Opuntias
For a long time Opuntias were regarded as easy rampant beginner’s plants that quickly outgrow their space, rarely flowered and often have unforgiving spines. But with the many explorations in recent times a wide range of plants have come in to cultivation which answer most of these issues – except perhaps the painful spines in all cases! So this book is aimed at the average grower to show them what is now available and what it looks like with many colour photos a mix of habitat and cultivated plants. Their popularity has soared in recent times and this attractively produced book will no doubt boost that somewhat. Arranged by genus overall information is given for each before providing brief information of the suggested species and illustrating them. 2016 11 x 8 ½ 136 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , , New
Price: £(GBP)35.00
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View larger image of 'Ariocarpus et cetera - The special smaller genera of Mexican Cacti'Pilbeam & Weightman -  Ariocarpus et cetera - The special smaller genera of Mexican Cacti
Another title from the author whose output is nearly as prolific as some of the leading fiction writers (but does he get the TV interviews they do?), ably assisted by the person who has usually been the photographer for John’s text! As usual it is everything you would expect from the authors, and is quite stunningly illustrated with many colour photos. In addition to Ariocarpus, the genera included are Acharagma,Astrophytum, Aztekium, Cumarinia, Epithelantha, Geohintonia, Leuchtenbergia, Lophophora, Neolloydia, Obregonia, Ortegocactus, Pelecyphora, Stenocactus, Strombocactus, Toumeya and Turbinicarpus. Habitat and cultivation information is provided for each species. 2006 11 x 8 ½ 139 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , New
Price: £(GBP)35.00
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View larger image of 'The Genus Echeveria'Pilbeam, John -  The Genus Echeveria
Another book from this popular author on a likewise genus which has been in need of a book of this nature for a long time, this concentrates on the species (as opposed to the Schulz book which is only on the cultivars). Primarily an A-Z of the 140 species, giving original description source, distribution, description and cultivation information, all well illustrated with over 450 colour photos and 17 distribution maps. 2008 11 x 8 ¼ 330 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , New
Price: £(GBP)39.00
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View larger image of 'Stapeliads:  Refreshed'Pilbeam, John -  Stapeliads: Refreshed
Confused by all the new genera names which have appeared in recent years for these plants, and the differences in opinions in classification? Then you’re no longer alone – the writer of so many books on cacti & other succulent plants has taken up the challenge to not only help us to get to grips with the various classifications, but more importantly for the grower and collector of these distinctive plants what the plants and flowers actually look like. Taking no view on which classification to follow, the genera are arranged and documented so that the reader can work out what its name is in whichever classification the reader wishes to know. And for the ordinary grower who isn’t concerned about classification it has 686 colour photos and for those you would like to obtain you can find out under what name(s) it might be found in catalogues. For those who just like plants it is a marvellous picture book. As ever from the author and the publisher (BCSS) it is very well produced. Will be a classic for a very long time like the author’s other books. Updated and expanded edition of the 2010 original with more pages and pictures with names brought even more up to date than before. 2014 11 x 8 ½ 221 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , New
Price: £(GBP)36.00
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View larger image of 'Adromischus'Pilbeam, Rodgerson & Tribble -  Adromischus
An accomplished volume on these attractive and poplar succulent plants, written by three enthusiasts for them, and well produced to “The Cactus File” usual high standards of which it is volume 3. 1998 9 ½ x 6 ½ 104 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , New
Price: £(GBP)17.50
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View larger image of 'Cacti and Succulents in Habitat'Preston-Mafham -  Cacti and Succulents in Habitat
Ever wanted to know how these plants survive in habitat? Then this book gives a fascinating visual and narrative account. 159 pages with over 170 colour photos. 1995 9 ½ x 7 ½
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments:  (RRP £10.99), New
Price: £(GBP)8.50
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View larger image of '500 Cacti'Preston-Mafham, Ken -  500 Cacti
A compact book from a well known name in the Cactus world, this presents many popular and some less well known (he emphasises the "Opuntioids") but attractive and worthwhile plants one to a page. Concise details are given for each plant which is illustrated with a colour photo - almost all of the plants are in flower and unusually for this type of book a good proportion of the pictures are of plants in habitat and the cultivated plants have many which are from habitat seed or propagations of collected material so also of interest to the more experienced grower. 2007 6 ¼ x 5 ¾ 528 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , , New
Price: £(GBP)8.50
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View larger image of 'Echeveria Cultivars'Schulz & Kapitany -  Echeveria Cultivars
This is the book that will get you looking under the bench, the back of the staging and the office window for those plants you use to grow and haven’t worried about too much in recent years! It takes more than 150 of the best cultivars and illustrates them attractively giving concise cultivation and propagation information for each, as well as the expected introductory sections. An enthusiastic book! 2005 11 ¼ x 8 ¾ 208 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , New
Price: £(GBP)30.00
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View larger image of 'Aeonium in Habitat and Cultivation'Schulz, Rudolf -  Aeonium in Habitat and Cultivation
As usual from this self publishing author, this is a well researched and produced book on these plants, which many people have one or more of but are perhaps under appreciated. All species are covered – not just the Canary Island/Madeira ones which his field research is based on. This is a highly illustrated book, which helps with identification, and also covers all the basics from history, habitats, cultivation, uses (including outside for milder climates) and propagation etc. 2007 11 ¼ x 8 ¾ 216 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , New
Price: £(GBP)45.00
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View larger image of 'Haworthia for the Collector'Schulz, Rudolf -  Haworthia for the Collector
Haworthias are very popular these days, both for the species and unusually in the C&S world also for cultivars and hybrids. Although there has been a lot published in recent years on these plants, there has been little for the average or enthusiastic collector since Pilbeam’s book was published 25 years ago before colour photos became universal. So this new book which covers many of the most attractive cultivars as well as the species and illustrated in colour is sure to be welcome. Brief introductory sections cover their characteristics and habitat, after which the main part of the book looks at the species and cultivars following Bayer’s 2008 Classification with separate sections for forms which don’t fit neatly with a species and inter generic hybrids. Final sections provide views on where the cultivars might develop in the future, variegations, close up views of leaves and cross section, cultivation, pests etc and finally propagation. All well presented as we have come to expect from this author and publisher. 2009 11 x 8 ¾ 240 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , New
Price: £(GBP)35.00
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View larger image of 'Copiapoa 2006'Schulz, Rudolf -  Copiapoa 2006
This is a new book (not an “Update” to his first book published in 1996 and much information in the first book is not repeated) and it does stand on its own. It is based on the 240 days over 7 trips the author has spent in their habitat since the first book was published, and describes all species by reference to their distribution over six habitat areas. Their total environment is considered, and there is also a section of some of the other plants they grow with. The plants are shown as they really are, not just “show specimens”, and there is a fascinating section with some comparative photographs of specific plants showing the changes over the years. The nomenclature followed is geared towards the needs of collectors and growers, to allow identification of differing forms of interest to the grower, and is cross referenced to the names in the New Cactus Lexicon. Cultivation is only covered by a section of pictures from the collections of some noted growers. Very well illustrated with numerous good colour photos. 2006 11 ¼ x 8 ½ 240 pages.
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , New
Price: £(GBP)40.00
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View larger image of 'The Complete Encyclopedia of Cacti'Subik & Kunte -  The Complete Encyclopedia of Cacti
This book is divided into sections by country, with only brief sections on cultivation and cultivars. All the illustrations - typically 2 or 3 per page, but some full page - are in colour, and many are of plants in habitat. Descriptions, cultivation and other information are given for each plant. Although there are a few typographical errors, this is none the less a very interesting book, and great value for money. 288 pages 2003 9 ½ x 6 ¾
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £12.99), New
Price: £(GBP)10.00
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