Sunday, February 26, 2006

San Pedro and related Trichocereus species

Moksha Press recently published Trout’s notes on San Pedro & related Trichocereus species. The book contains a wealth of information on T. bridgesii, T. pachanoi, T.peruvianus and related Trichocereus species, enabling the reader to better recognize and understand these plants.

San Pedro and related Trichocereus speciesThe publishers description reads: “310 pages containing almost 900 B&W photos and a color cover.

This work covers San Pedro and its relatives, detailing what we could learn concerning the botany, chemistry and history of these beautiful and sometimes gigantic cacti.

Formerly published as the Trichocereus chapter in Sacred Cacti 2nd edition. This material has seen such radical expansion for the 3rd edition that Sacred Cacti now exists as three volumes: San Pedro (Part B), Sacred Cacti (Part A), and Cactus Alkaloids (Part C).

San Pedro has been updated to reflect the acquisition of many obscure papers. It has also been greatly enlarged with hundreds of photos to help enable the reader to better recognize, or at least understand, what they may encounter in horticulture or in the field.

This book is presently the single most comprehensive and detailed review & reference compendium that exists concerning the San Pedro cactus (Trichocereus pachanoi) and its relatives.

If readers liked Sacred Cacti (2nd ed.), San Pedro will blow them away.”

The book is available from Moksha Press.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Trichocereus Species - A Taxonomic WebProfile

The Trout’s Notes web site has an interesting taxonomic profile page with lots of photos and taxonomic information on common and rare Trichocereus species.

Flowering Trichocereus bridgesii
Flowering Trichocereus bridgesii

There is also a discussion of the taxonomic and nomenclatural chaos resulting from the submersion of Trichocereus as a subgenus of Echinopsis.