Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants: Monocotyledons
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Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants: Monocotyledons

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This handbook, consisting of six volumes, covers over 9000 taxa of succulents (excluding cacti), which have the ability to store water in their stems, leaves, or underground organs. In addition to the volumes on Monocotyledons and Dicotyledons, separate volumes are devoted to those families with predominantly succulent members, which show an especially great diversity, namely Aizoaceae, Asclepiadaceae and Crassulaceae. Following an alphabetical listing of families, genera and species, detailed descriptions are given, including the taxonomy with synonyms, data on the distribution and ecology, references, and keys to genera, species or subspecies. Over 2000 superb colour photographs complete this inventory of succulent plants.show more

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  • Hardback | 354 pages
  • 196 x 274 x 24mm | 1,338.11g
  • Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
  • Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K
  • Berlin, Germany
  • English
  • 2001
  • 32 Illustrations, color; XIV, 354 p.
  • 3540416927
  • 9783540416920

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From the reviews of the first edition: "This series is a reference manual for taxonomists and horticultural cognoscenti. It compiles up-to-date information not readily available from other sources ... . This series is invaluable to identify succulents, by either picture keying ... or by formal text keying. ... The volumes are well produced. ... this is an excellent series, a significant contribution to the literature, and a superb production. ... This fine series is a boon to all aficionados of succulents ... ." (Rudolf Schmid, Taxon, Vol. 52, 2003) "This `Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants' ... presents the newest stand of knowledge in all aspects of this group of plants. ... the cross reference index is very helpful. ... this comprehensive taxonomic work updating the increased knowledge of succulents in 20 years is well suited and highly recommended to all plant scientists, including herbarium staff, and horticulturists, and to the wide range of fascinated hobbyists. ... this volume will find a very wide readership ... ." (Norbert Leist, Journal of Plant Physiology, Vol. 159 (7), 2002) "Here is the first volume of the new Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants ... . My first impression with the book in my hand was of pleasure. It is very well produced, accurately bound, with an excellent cover design. ... No doubt that such a work is particularly useful to the botanist and the scholar, as well as to the serious collector. But I have no hesitation to state that any succulent plant lover should find a place for it in his library ... ." (L. Russo, Botanybooks, September, 2001) "We are promised a total of six volumes on ... succulents under the title of the Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants. ... The first of these volumes to appear is the one on monocotyledons. ... this is an excellent introduction to the plant groups covered and as a rigorous compilation of both diagnostic and bibliographic information is without peers. ... It is essential for the committed collector of succulent plants and mandatory for libraries of plant societies, herbaria and botanic gardens." (Paul I. Forster, Plant Systematics and Evolution, Vol. 229 (1-2), 2001)show more

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The Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants represents the first comprehensive taxonomic treatment of succulents in thirty years. It covers over 9000 taxa of all succulents except Cactaceae. This up-to-date work is ideally suited for anyone interested in these fascinating plants, including hobbyists, plant scientists, horticulturalists and herbarium staff. This volume on monocotyledons presents succulents from 17 families and 64 genera, totalling some 1100 species and over 200 infraspecific taxa. The families Agavaceae, Aloaceae and Doryanthaceae are covered in their entirety. The most important genera are Agave (century plants) with approx. 200 species, and Aloe (aloes) with about 450. Other major genera included are: Haworthia, Bulbine and Sansevieria, each with approx. 60 species. In addition, a wide variety of bulbous xerophytes from several genera are described.show more

Table of contents

What is a Succulent?.- How to Use This Handbook.- Scope of Information Presented.- Agavaceae ?.- Agave ? (221/50).- Beschorneria ? (7/1).- Furcraea ? (21/1).- Hesperaloe ? (5/1).- Hesperoyucca ? (1/0).- Yucca ? 47/12).- Aloaceae ?.- ?Algastoloba ~.- Aloe ? (446/57).- ?Alolirion ~.- ?Aloloba ~.- ?Alworthia ~.- Astroloba (6/0).- ?Astroworthia ? (1/0).- ?Bayerara ~.- Chortolirion ? (1/0).- ?Cummingara ~.- ?Gasteraloe ? (18/3).- ?Gasterhaworthia ~.- Gasteria ? (17/9).- ?Gastroloba ~.- Haworthia ? (62/105).- ?Maysara ~.- ?Poellneria ~.- Poellnitzia ? (1/0).- Amaryllidaceae ?.- Boophane ? (2/0).- Brunsvigia ? (2/0).- Cyrtanthus ? (4/0).- Haemanthus ? (3/0).- Rauhia ? (3/0).- Anthericaceae ?.- Chlorophytum ? (2/0).- Araceae ?.- Zamioculcas ? (1/0).- Asparagaceae ?.- Myrsiphyllum ? (3/0).- Asphodelaceae ?.- Bulbine ? (70/1).- Trachyandra ? (5/0).- Bromeliaceae ~.- Commelinaceae ?.- Aneilema ? (1/0).- Callisia ? (8/0).- Cyanotis ? (3/0).- Tradescantia ? (8/0).- Tripogandra ? (4/0).- Dioscoreaceae ?.- Dioscorea ? (6/4).- Doryanthaceae ?.- Doryanthes ? (2/0).- Dracaenaceae ?.- Cordyline ? (1/0).- Dracaena ? (7/1).- Sansevieria ? (61 /9).- Eriospermaceae ?.- Eriospermum ? (4/0).- Hyacinthaceae ?.- Albuca ? (5/0).- Bowiea ? (2/0).- Dipcadi ? (1/0).- Drimia ? (3/0).- Hyacinthus ? (1/0).- Lachenalia ? (1/0).- Ledebouria ? (3/0).- Litanthus ? (1/0).- Massonia ? (1/0).- Ornithogalum ? (10/0).- Rhadamanthus ? (8/0).- Rhodocodon ? (1/0).- Schizobasis ? (2/0).- Urginea ? (4/0).- Whiteheadia ? (1/0).- Nolinaceae ?.- Beaucarnea ? (8/0).- Calibanus ? (1/0).- Dasylirion ? (7/1).- Nolina ? (7/0).- Orchidaceae ~.- Xanthorrhoeaceae ~.- References.- Taxonomic Cross-Reference Index.show more

Review Text

From the reviews of the first edition: "This series is a reference manual for taxonomists and horticultural cognoscenti. It compiles up-to-date information not readily available from other sources ... . This series is invaluable to identify succulents, by either picture keying ... or by formal text keying. ... The volumes are well produced. ... this is an excellent series, a significant contribution to the literature, and a superb production. ... This fine series is a boon to all aficionados of succulents ... ." (Rudolf Schmid, Taxon, Vol. 52, 2003) "This 'Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants' ... presents the newest stand of knowledge in all aspects of this group of plants. ... the cross reference index is very helpful. ... this comprehensive taxonomic work updating the increased knowledge of succulents in 20 years is well suited and highly recommended to all plant scientists, including herbarium staff, and horticulturists, and to the wide range of fascinated hobbyists. ... this volume will find a very wide readership ... ." (Norbert Leist, Journal of Plant Physiology, Vol. 159 (7), 2002) "Here is the first volume of the new Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants ... . My first impression with the book in my hand was of pleasure. It is very well produced, accurately bound, with an excellent cover design. ... No doubt that such a work is particularly useful to the botanist and the scholar, as well as to the serious collector. But I have no hesitation to state that any succulent plant lover should find a place for it in his library ... ." (L. Russo, Botanybooks, September, 2001) "We are promised a total of six volumes on ... succulents under the title of the Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants. ... The first of these volumes to appear is the one on monocotyledons. ... this is an excellent introduction to the plant groups covered and as a rigorous compilation of both diagnostic and bibliographic information is without peers. ... It is essential for the committed collector of succulent plants and mandatory for libraries of plant societies, herbaria and botanic gardens." (Paul I. Forster, Plant Systematics and Evolution, Vol. 229 (1-2), 2001)show more