By James D. Mauseth

ISBN-10: 0881925268

ISBN-13: 9780881925265

This booklet offers 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 type of this travelogue permits us to percentage within the authors' pleasure as they stumble upon vegetation that experience hardly ever, if ever, been written approximately. approximately 195 awesome colour photos accompany the vibrant descriptions of bizarre cacti transforming into along non-succulent crops, at altitudes of 8000 toes or more-and even in rainforests! A Cactus Odyssey will curiosity gardeners, tourists, and conservationists from around the globe who desire to examine extra approximately those impossible to resist vegetation, and it's the wish of the authors that this e-book will encourage others to adopt their very own cactus odyssey.

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The begonias are obviously healthy and happy, and so beautiful that we do not mind that we have not found any new cacti up here. The view is wonderful, but still it is hard to look at the forest—a sea of green extending in all directions—and realize this is the home of many cacti. It does not look anything like Arizona. Returning from the top of El Cerrito, we stop for lunch at the only house in the area. We had talked to the folks in the house when we arrived, and they showed us the path we needed to take to get to the top of El Cerrito.

The Andes did not form until South America began colliding with the plate that carries the floor of the Pacific Ocean. Initially, South America was flat, and rainstorms could sweep from one side to another without being stopped by mountains. South America was also farther south, so the desert zone that lies south of the tropic of Capricorn would have fallen across northern South America at the point where we think cacti originated. An important influence on the flow of water between North and South America was the absence of Central America.

South America continued to move away from Africa, and the Atlantic Ocean became wider. Taxonomists believe that this is when the first cacti in the northeastern part of South America became distinct from the ancestors of the portulacas. If cacti had originated earlier while South America and Africa were still attached, we would expect to find cacti in Africa as well as South America. Cacti likely did not arise until after the south Atlantic was so wide that birds could not fly back and forth between South America and Africa (otherwise they would have carried cactus seeds to Africa).

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