Synopses & Reviews
The deserts of the American Southwest boast a remarkably diversity of drought-tolerant plant life, including many species found nowhere else on earth. And no group says desert quite like cacti. Their prickly nature notwithstanding, cacti and the desert habitats in which they reside are especially fragile. Indeed, Saguaro National Park and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument were established primarily to protect the largest concentrations of these respective species. Others, such as the Pima pineapple cactus, are less conspicuous but also more rare and in need of special protection and conservation.
Deserts of the American Southwest are home to an incredible diversity of drought-tolerant plants, including many found nowhere else on earth. And no other group says 'desert' quite like cacti. Their prickly nature notwithstanding, cacti are very fragile, as are the arid deserts they inhabit. In Cacti of the Desert Southwest, botanist and educator Meg Quinn describes eighty significant cacti of the Sonoran, Mojave, and Chihuahuan deserts, including several which are listed as threatened or endangered. Most are shown in full flower.
About the Author
Meg Quinnis an expert on desert plants of southern Arizona and has worked as a horticulturalist, field botanist, educator, and naturalist. She holds a B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona, and currently develops natural history programs for Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation.