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Wild Cactus provides an alluring look at one of the most sensual, intriguing groups of plants on earth. Prickly pear, cholla, organ pipe, hedgehog, saguaro, cardon--the names of cacti are as curious as their shapes, and their ingenious adaptations to unique enironments represent astonishing responses to the natural world. Some cacti, for example, have adapted to exist only on one small island off the coast of Baja California. Some bloom just after sunrise, some only in the afternoon. some, such as the saguaro, flower only after growing in the desert for forty years of so (a surprising botanical fact tempered by life spans that can stretch for as long as 200 years). Others, such as the reina de la noche, or queen of the night, put forth an exquisite, richly scented white blossom for one night only and only once in a season.

In Wild Cactus, Rose Houk writes an evocative, passionate account of these fascinating plants--exploring not only natural history secrets but Native American folklore, ancient culinary and medicinal uses, and current conservation issues. She also includes a helpful section on propagation and cultivation for those who want to grow their own cacti.

The breathtaking photographs, taken by nature photographer George Huey, richly illustrate the jewel-like splendor and exotic drame of wild cacti. Huey traveled throughout the American Southwest, Baja California, and mainland Mexico to capture their luxuriant flowers and fruit, their impressive armor of spines, and the often surreal and landscape where they can be found. From the wine-red flower of the claret cup cactus to acres of saguaro forest in the Sonoran Desert, from a cactus wren tucked into the spines of a cholla to a desert tortoise eating the juicy red fruits of a prickly pear. Huey's portraits will entrance anyone interested in the unusual beauty of the desert realm.

More than 100 full-color photographs

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In Wild Cactus, Rose Houk writes an illuminating account of these intriguing plants--exploring not only natural history secrets, but Native American folklore, ancient culinary and medicinal uses, and current conservation issues as well.

The breathtaking photographs in this volume, taken by nature photographer George Huey, richly illustrate the jewel-like splendor and exotic drama of the wild cactus. Huey traveled throughout the American Southwest, Baja California, and mainland Mexico to capture their luxuriant flowers and fruit, their impressive armor of spines, and the often surreal arid landscape where they can be found. From the wine-red flower of the claretcup cactus to acres of saguaro forest in the Sonoran Desert, from a curve-bill thrasher tucked into the spines of a cholla to a desert tortoise eating the pink fat buds of a prickly pear, Huey's portraits will entrance anyone interested in the unusual beauty of the desert realm.

About the Author

Rose Houk has written about natural history topics for a wide variety of publications and books. She is the author of Great Smoky Mountains (Houghton Mifflin) and wrote the text for Wildflowers of the American West and Eastern Wildflowers (Chronicle).
George H. H. Huey is a photographer whose subject is the diminshing wild lands of the American West. His work has appeared in numerous periodicals, including Audubon, Condé Nast Traveler, Newsweek, Time, Natural History, Outside, The New York Times, and books published by Smithsonian, Random House, Houghton Mifflin, Chronicle, the Sierra Club, and the National Geographic Society.

Table of Contents

FOREWORD

by Gary Paul Nabhan

INTRODUCTION

A Rose in Disguise

NATURAL HISTORY

Midnight Blooms

ETHNOBOTANY

Cactus for Mind and Body

HISTORY OF DISCOVERY

The Cactus Chronicle

HUMAN IMPACT AND CACTUS CONSERVATION

Disappearing Acts

APPENDIX

Growing Your Own

Pronunciation Guide

Select Sources

Acknowledgments

IndeX

Product Details

ISBN:
9781885183200
With:
Houk, Rose
Author:
Houk, Rose
Author:
Huey, George H. H.
Publisher:
Artisan
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Nature & Wildlife
Subject:
Pictorial works
Subject:
Cactus
Subject:
Plants - Cacti/Succulents
Subject:
Cactus -- Southwest, New -- Pictorial works.
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Plants & Animals
Subject:
PHOTOGRAPHY / Subjects and Themes / Plants and Animals
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
103-383
Publication Date:
19960105
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 5/8 x 9 1/2
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
9.83x8.03x.66 in. 1.46 lbs.

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In Wild Cactus, Rose Houk writes an illuminating account of these intriguing plants--exploring not only natural history secrets, but Native American folklore, ancient culinary and medicinal uses, and current conservation issues as well.

The breathtaking photographs in this volume, taken by nature photographer George Huey, richly illustrate the jewel-like splendor and exotic drama of the wild cactus. Huey traveled throughout the American Southwest, Baja California, and mainland Mexico to capture their luxuriant flowers and fruit, their impressive armor of spines, and the often surreal arid landscape where they can be found. From the wine-red flower of the claretcup cactus to acres of saguaro forest in the Sonoran Desert, from a curve-bill thrasher tucked into the spines of a cholla to a desert tortoise eating the pink fat buds of a prickly pear, Huey's portraits will entrance anyone interested in the unusual beauty of the desert realm.

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