A Cactus Odyssey: Journeys in the Wilds of Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina
(Mauseth J, Kiesling R, Ostolaza C)
"This book presents the stories of three avid field biologists who over the course of 15 years frequently traveled together in search of cacti in Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina. ... Nearly 195 remarkable color photographs accompany the vivid descriptions of unusual cacti growing alongside non-succulent plants, at altitudes of 8000 feet or more-and even in rainforests! A Cactus Odyssey will interest gardeners, travelers, and conservationists from around the world who wish to learn more about these irresistible plants ..."
Ariocarpus et cetera The special, smaller genera of Mexican cacti
(Pilbeam J, Weightman B)
"... a first book about the famous genus Ariocarpus and other similar plant groups such as: Acharagma, Astrophytum, Aztekium, Cumarinia, Epithelantha, Geohintonia, Leuchtenbergia, Lophophora, Neolloydia, Obregonia, Ortegocactus, Pelecyphora, Stenocactus, Strombocactus, Toumeya and Turbinicarpus ... There are over 250 beautiful color photos, of which many plants are shown in habitat."
Cacti (Hewitt T)
"How to use cacti to the best advantage in the garden, details of the history of the plant and cultivation ideas for indoor, greenhouse and outdoor cultivation make this the only reference a cactus lover needs. Step-by-step photographic guidance on planting, propagation, and maintenance is provided along with a useful photo gallery of pests and diseases."
Cacti and Succulents: Step-By-Step to Growing Success (Keen B)
"Cacti and succulents are ideal houseplants, needing little care and providing unusual and colourful displays. This book looks at the increasingly wide variety of plants now available. ... Full details are given on feeding, watering, potting, and on displaying the collection to its best advantage. An A-Z listing of over 75 varieties shows the wide diversity of shapes, sizes, and effects that can be grown."
Cacti: The Illustrated Dictionary
(Preston-Mafham R, Preston-Mafham K)
"... the author (has documented and photographed) over 1,100 species and varieties of globular cactus. ... The entries are presented alphabetically and contain a full list of alternative names which have been given to the species described."
Cactus & Succulents (A Care Manual)
(Mace T, Mace S)
"Cacti flourish in the most exotic and arid places on the globe, where other plants fear to tread. Yet, many of these plants are easy to care for and have a forgiving nature. All aspects of the cultivation and care of cacti and other succulents are expertly covered. The authors even dispel the prickly myths and urban legends that have grown up around the cactus."
Christmas Cacti: Genus Schlumbergera and Its Hybrids (McMillan A, Horobin J)
"This is a GREAT book for those interested in Christmas and Thanksgiving cacti. It has fantastic pictures, and while the authors give a great deal of scientific information, they also take care to give the conditions needed to be successful in growing these jungle cacti in the home or greenhouse."
Copiapoa 2006 (Schulz R)
"Copiapoa 2006 follows the pattern of the authors previous book 'Copiapoa in their Environment' co-authored with Attila Kapitany. This book covers all the described species and their many subspecies and forms. Written in an easy style with abundant photographs. "
Coryphantha: Cacti of Mexico and Southern USA (Dicht R, Lüthy A)
"This unique reference work presents the first comprehensive taxonomy of Coryphantha, with a complete key to the genus. It contains a new taxonomic classification of all 43 species and 11 subspecies, with morphological and ecological descriptions. These cacti, which grow in Mexico and southern USA, are characterized by their typical grooved tubercles and large flowers. ... More than 300 high-quality colour photos ..."
Echinocactus (Donati D, Zanovello C)
"Handbook-guide on the genus Echinocactus, to discover these amazing plants. Full of color pictures, mostly in habitat; chapters dedicated to every known taxon; distribution maps for every species and subspecies, narrations, cultivation chapter".
Echinocereus (Pilbeam J)
"John Pilbeam has been growing these plants for some sixty years, and has wandered throughout Mexico and the U.S.A. southern states, seeking them out to photograph them in variety, and enjoying their exuberant flowers. ... he has covered all recognized species and subspecies ... 200+ color photographs in habitat or cultivation."
Epithelantha 2011 (Donati D, Zanovello C)
"Davide Donati and Carlo Zanovello are among the most prominent Italian scholars. In this monograph dedicated to the beautiful cactus genus Epithelantha, the two authors make a complete revision with a detailed description of all known species and one new species: Epithelantha cryptica."
Ferocactus (Pilbeam J, Bowdery D)
"Very useful monograph on the genus Ferocactus. In typical Pilbeam style, each species is listed encyclopedia-like with photos, descriptions, range maps, cultivation info, etc."
Genus Matucana (Bregman R)
"An analysis of the genus Matucana, a popular group of Peruvian cacti. The section on systematics emphasizes seed morphology, because of its phylogenetic significance. The genus is proposed as consisting of 19 species, all of which are described and depicted, including SEM micrographs of seeds."
Gymnocalycium in Habitat and Culture (Charles G)
"Gymnocalycium is a very popular genus of South American cacti. It is a favourite of cactus collectors because the plants are easy to grow, have a pleasing appearance, and flower readily in cultivation. This book explains how to grow them and includes the original descriptions of all validly-described species ... There is also a comprehensive set of colour photographs take in the natural habitat and in cultivation."
Gymnocalycium: A Collector's Guide
"The genus "Gymnocalycium" has been popular with cactus fanciers for many years. It is widespread in the wild, with most species occurring in northern Argentina and southern Bolivia ... This text is intended to show the collector what the range of species is and to help in the identification and verification of acquired plants, as well as presenting, in one source, information spanning a number of years. In the course of preparing this work, John Pilbeam increased his collection of this genus from 120 plants to 800, and has travelled to see collections worldwide."
Knowing, understanding, and growing Turbinicarpus - Rapicactus
(Donati D, Zanovello C)
"With chapters about ... taxonomical history, ecology and hypothesis on their origins, systematic and taxonomy. identification keys of the 2 genera, files on every taxon known until now, general practises of cultivation (soil, watering, exposition, grafts, etc.) ..."
Melocactus - care and cultivation
"Loaded with excellent pictures for identification, this book also contains useful information on the care and culture of this genus"
Rhipsalis & Lepismium (Supplie F)
"Bilingual book in both German and English on the two epiphytic genera of cacti - Rhipsalis and Lepismium. Lots of color photos, plant descriptions and cultivation info."
Sulcorebutia and Weingartia: A Collector's Guide (Pilbeam J)
"A 144 pages book ... about Sulcorebutia and Weingartia. Illustrated with numerous photos : 285 black and white photos 104 colour photos. ...the book provides a chapter « cultivation » ... Much of the book is devoted to the description of the different species of Sulcorebutia and Weingartia."
The Cactus Family(Anderson E)
*** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ***
"This long-awaited, monumental work covers the Cactaceae in an encyclopedic manner, addressing 125 genera and 1810 species. The most comprehensive single resource on the subject available today, it includes more than 1000 color photographs in addition to other illustrations. ... remarkable diversity is fully described and illustrated in this authoritative encyclopedia, which is both scientifically accurate and readable. It also includes a chapter by Roger Brown on the cultivation of cacti ..."
The Cactus File Handbook 1: Thelocactus
"There has been much argument over the years as to the number and nature of the taxa to be placed in this genus. ... John Pilbeam accepts 25 species and 32 varieties (including the subsumed Hamatocactus setispinus) and all the species and many of the varieties are illustrated. An identification key to all these taxa is provided. There is also a brief but very useful section on cultivation."
The Cactus File Handbook 2: Rebutia (Pilbeam J)
"The second book in The Cactus File series tackles a very popular group of plants which presents a bewildering range of variations and forms and consequently is, to date, the largest publication in this series. ... The extensive section in the book on superfluous names and list of collector's numbers will be particularly useful ... as will the detailed literature references given under the accepted species names."
The Cactus File Handbook 4: Copiapoa
"The illustration of seedling plants in cultivation as well as mature habitat plants is the most important feature of the book and will surely aid collectors in identifying their plants. Because many Copiapoas are very long lived and because of the extreme environment it is very common for mature habitat plants to look quite different from seedling plants."
The Cactus File Handbook 6: Mammilaria (Pilbeam J)
"John's 'magnum opus' - it cannot be called anything less effectively supersedes all these previous works and produces ... in a single volume a work which ... will please both horticulturalists and taxonomists. ... The vast majority of the book is taken up with a commentary on the species, many of which are not only illustrated as cultivated specimens but also in habitat."
The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants: Ethnopharmacology and Its Applications (Ratsch C, Hofmann A)
"The most powerful plants--those known to transport the human mind into other dimensions of consciousness--have traditionally been regarded as sacred.... Ratch details the botany, history, distribution, cultivation, and preparation and dosage of more than 400 psychoactive plants. He discusses their ritual and medicinal usage, cultural artifacts made from these plants, and works of art that either represent or have been inspired by them. ... 797 color photographs ..."
The Genus Echinocereus (Taylor N)
"This comprehensive account of the horticulturally popular cactus genus includes an full taxonomic revision with a key to and descriptions of the 44 accepted species (plus 56 varieties) 14 illustrated in 12 watercolour plates, sets of line drawings of 33 species and 6 distribution maps."
The Genus Turbinicarpus (Zachar M)
"This is a larger format, updated and greatly expanded version ... It now includes full details of all Turbinicarpus species including those previously treated as Gymnocactus. Full of wonderful habitat photographs of all included species, graphs showing rainfall and temperature of their habitats, and also a list of field collection numbers. In addition a full bibliography reference has been supplied by the leading Turbinicarpus expert, Anton Hofer."
The New Cactus Lexicon
"Published in 2006, this two-volume work is the first scientifically authoritative conspectus of the Cactaceae since Britton & Rose's famous monograph nearly a century ago ...The 'Text' volume is a concise compendium of information on cactus genera, species and subspecies ... The companion 'Atlas' volume (not available separately) contains more than 2500 colour illustrations of nearly all currently recognized species and subspecies, mostly of plants in habitat or from documented plants in cultivation."
Uebelmannia and Their Environment
(Schulz R, Machado M)
"A thorough account of the genus Uebelmannia, with particular emphasis on the associated geology, fauna and flora. The author documents the locations for all the described species and varieties. All species are fully described here, including habitat shots throughout. Growing tips are based on habitat conditions. 270 color photos, 14 b/w photos and maps."