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