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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
 
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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
 
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View larger image of 'Pachyforms II : Bonsai Succulents'de Vosjoli & Lime -  Pachyforms II : Bonsai Succulents
Following on from the first volume this even larger book concentrates on the ways that these plants can be trained and displayed using an approach based on Bonsai growing. It discusses which plants to select, what types of containers to use and other items such as wood or stone, training and subsequent maintenance, and whilst well illustrated in itself, the following 118 pages are a photo gallery of a wide range of superb Bonsai’d plants. And if that is not enough, the final 120 pages continue the photographic gallery of many Pachyform plants started in the first volume – there are over 500 colour photos in all. Amongst the plants are not just some familiar old friends and others which would be expected, but there are also quite a number of little known and seldom seen (at least in the UK) plants. As the first volume, it is a remarkable book. 2007 10 x 7 387 pages
 
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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
 
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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
 
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View larger image of 'Mammillaria: Now & Again'Pilbeam, John -  Mammillaria: Now & Again
This book is a follow up to his classic 1999 book, but in a much more informal manner. It gives the author’s views on the new taxa since then and the ever changing opinions based on DNA, field and other studies, plus his own experiences and views – which he is never short of! Illustrated with many colour photos both in habitat and cultivation. 2017 11 x 8 ½ 242 pages
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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: Laminated Illustrated Hard cover
Comments: Slight fading to the spine of the cover, Second hand book – please see important information
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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
 
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Comments: , Very slight fading to the spine of the dust jacket but otherwise ilttle wear and better than many, Second hand book – please see important information
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Comments: Ex sales event stock with wear to its cover especially corners (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
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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
 
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