Comprehensive handbook guide to Arizona’s botanical wonders
Tucson Cactus & Succulent
Society Releases 2nd Edition
of “Field Guide to Cacti &
Other Succulents in Arizona”
ASU Doctoral Candidate an Author
The 1,000-member Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society (TCSS) recently released an updated 302-page second edition of its “Field Guide to Cacti & Other Succulents of Arizona.” Three thousand copies of the book, which is a comprehensive handbook and detailed guide to the identification, distribution and appreciation of Arizona’s botanical wonders, the cacti and succulents, is now available.
“This is an Arizona-centered book, the plants are obviously in Arizona, the authors live in Arizona and TCSS had the book printed and bound in Arizona as well,” said Thomas Staudt, a TCSS member and environmental consultant and biologist, who conceived the idea and recognized the need for an updated cacti and succulent field guide. “No such field guide has been written in over 30 years,” Staudt said. He planned, managed and served as editor for both editions.
“The first edition of 2,600 copies, sold out in less than two years,” said Richard Wiedhopf, TCSS president. Authors of the book include Peter Breslin, Rob Romero, Greg Starr, and Vonn Watkins. Breslin is a doctoral candidate at Arizona State University. Preface for the book and columnar cacti accounts were written by David Yetman, host of Tucson’s KUAT PBS program, “In the Americas.”
The second edition includes a species only recently (December 2016) described to science, Echinocereus relictus. The book is available for $25.95 at various state outlets such as the Phoenix Botanical Gardens and the Tucson Botanical Gardens, Arizona Cactus Sales, Chandler, Western Natural Parks, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior, and many bookstores and nurseries throughout the state. It is also available on the TCSS website: www.tucsoncactus.org.
‘Highlighted in the book are more than four distinct desert regions and multiple biomes, Arizona’s hotbed of botanical diversity, rarity and endemism,” said Breslin. “The most charismatic and breathtakingly beautiful plants are featured.” Designed to be detailed enough for “armchair reading,” but portable enough for hands on field work, the guide draws on the contributions of more than sixauthor/photographers, all experts in Arizona field research.
The authors have traveled and retraveled hundreds of back road miles to establish not only species distributions and expand on current knowledge of plant populations, but also to capture “that rare moment of peak flowering.” Staudt said. “The latest taxonomic, botanical and biogeographic information has been incorporated into this updated extensive regional treatment which the authors hope will be useful and entertaining for years to come,” Staudt added. Twenty-five new photos, 20 revised maps for 20 species, an expanded glossary, updates and clarifications have been added to the second edition.
The 57-year-old Tucson Cactus & Succulent Society provides plant research and plant education through grants. It has rescued thousands of cacti that would otherwise be plowed under by developers.
or the department of transportation when they want to clear the land for roads or build.
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