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© David Hunt 2010


Originally published in 2006, this two-volume work ('NCL' for short) is the first scientifically authoritative conspectus of the Cactaceae since Britton & Rose's famous monograph nearly a century ago and the benchmark reference for everyone with an interest in the diversity, identification and conservation of cacti. The first edition has been out of print since June 2012.

The work is a comprehensive overview of the cactus family resulting from the collaboration of numerous professional and amateur enthusiasts led by David Hunt, initially as compiler and ultimately as publisher, under the auspices of the International Cactaceae Systematics Group, an informal group founded in Zurich in 2000.

The 'Text' volume, now being updated for a second edition, is a concise compendium of information on cactus genera, species and subspecies accepted in the standard literature on cacti, including references to places of publication, principal synonyms, geographical distribution, diagnostic features and brief commentary.

The companion 'Atlas' volume, containing more than 2500 high quality colour illustrations of nearly all currently recognized species and subspecies, contributed by more than 130 photographers, is now available again in a somewhat smaller format, paperback edition (175 x 240 mm, 560 pages). Some of the illustrations (which are mostly of plants in habitat or from documented plants in cultivation) have been rearranged and/or re-captioned to take account of changes in classification and nomenclature since 2006, and about 60 images, some of species not illustrated in the original edition, added as a Supplement.

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