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Flora of the Gran Desierto and Rio Colorado of northwestern Mexico

Author: Richard Stephen Felger
Publisher: [Tucson] : University of Arizona Press, ©2000.
Series: Southwest Center series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From the Pinacate lava fields and expansive dunes to the shores of the Gulf of California, the Gran Desierto is one of the hottest and driest places in the Western Hemispshere. Yet this region in the state of Sonora in northwestern Mexico embraces a remarkable number of habitats with a fascinating and surprisingly rich flora. This is the heart of the Sonoran Desert, still in a largely primordial state, in
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Stephen Felger
ISBN: 0816520445 9780816520442
OCLC Number: 41713018
Description: xii, 673 pages : illustrations, maps ; 28 cm.
Series Title: Southwest Center series.
Responsibility: by Richard Stephen Felger.

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"From the Pinacate lava fields and expansive dunes to the shores of the Gulf of California, the Gran Desierto is one of the hottest and driest places in the Western Hemispshere. Yet this region in the state of Sonora in northwestern Mexico embraces a remarkable number of habitats with a fascinating and surprisingly rich flora. This is the heart of the Sonoran Desert, still in a largely primordial state, in juxtaposition with the ravished wetland of the once great Rio Colorado."

"Flora of the Gran Desierto is the culmination of more than twenty-five years of research in this magnificent desert and delta by botanist Richard Felger. This comprehensive floristic study of more than 565 species of vascular plants features original diagnostic descriptions and innovative identification keys to the families, genera, and species. Particular attention has been devoted to taxa that are poorly known. Even weeds and their histories are treated in detail. Hundreds of illustrations by such eminent botanical artists as Lucretia Brezeale Hamilton, Matt Johnson, and Bobbi Angell will aid in the identification of plants. Common names of plants are given in English, Spanish, and O'odham."

"While emphasizing scientific accuracy, the book is written in an accessible style. Felger's observations and knowledge of plant ecology, geographic distribution, evolution, ethnobotany, plant variation and special adaptations, and the history of the region provide botanists, naturalists, ecologists, conservationists, and anyone else celebrating the desert with readable, interesting, and important information."--Jacket.

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