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Presents a variety of succulent plants from geophytic Raphionacme, leaf succulent Hoya to stem succulent Cynanchum and the popular stapeliads (carrion flowers). A total of 1119 species are included; of the 70 genera treated, 49 are covered in their entirety. The most species-rich assemblages are Ceropegia (lantern flowers) and Brachystelma. For the latter a complete generic treatment is presented for the first time.
From the reviews: "The volume on the Asclepiadaceae is now the fifth volume ! of the six projected volumes of the Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants. Of the five volumes ! these are by far the best series of photographs to have been published ! . For the interested collector ! there is plenty in this book with which to be fascinated. ! this is a very attractive volume and will be of considerable use to many collectors ! ." (Peter V. Bruyns, Plant Systematics and Evolution, Vol. 239 (3-4), 2003) "The six volumes of Illustrated handbook of succulent plants ! treat 'over 9000 taxa of all succulents except Cactaceae' ! . This series is a reference manual for taxonomists and horticultural cognoscenti. It compiles up-to-date information not readily available from other sources ! . This series is invaluable to identify succulents! . In summary, this is an excellent series, a significant contribution to the literature, and a superb production." (Rudolf Schmid, Taxon, Vol. 53, 2003)
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