Synopses & Reviews
This lavishly illustrated and informatively written book offers readers a guide to the Sonoran Desert that will enhance their understanding of the plants and animals that live there. Designed to be carried easily when traveling, it will enable the whole family to identify commonly found annuals, perennials, cactuses, shrubs, and trees, as well as fascinating them with pictures and accounts of creatures. More advanced readers will find tables and keys to species, genera, and families, allowing identification of more than 300 plant species from seventy families, as well as illustrated descriptions providing insight into the behaviors of many Sonoran Desert dwellers. With more than 400 superb color photographs made up of 1,200 images, and a glossary covering more than 200 easy-to-understand technical terms, no one venturing out into the special and unique ecosystem of the Sonoran Desert should be without this book. 'The author has admirably achieved his goal of guiding the desert enthusiast toward a more sophisticated, more accurate, and ultimately a more enjoyable appreciation of the Sonoran Desert.' '"John Alcock, Regents" Professor of Biology, Arizona State University, and author of Sonoran Desert Spring
About the Author
Gerald A. Rosenthal is a retired professor of biological sciences and toxicology. He spent his career engaged in distinguished research and teaching in botany and plant biochemistry, and he has traveled the world for nearly four decades observing and photographing its major plant communities. A resident of Scottsdale, Arizona, he has lived in, hiked, and studied the Sonoran Desert for ten years.