Wonderful plants

Certainly this simple book is not meant to replace the great monographs on cacti and other succulents, the lavishly illustrated picture books, or the serious surveys and descriptive lists. Many of these works are cited in the bibliography, and the reader is urged to study them carefully iihe would go further with this great group of plants. But what this volume hopes to do is something none of these books has ever quite accomplished: to give the beginner a simple perspective, a coherent introduction to this most fascinating and complex group of plants in the whole world.

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