Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Sonoran Desert Life: Understanding, Insight, and Enjoyment

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Sonoran Desert Life: Understanding, Insight, and Enjoyment

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Review: Sonoran Desert Life: Understanding, Insight, and Enjoyment By Gerald Rosenthal Rosenthal, Gerald. Sonoran Desert Life: Understanding, Insight and Enjoyment. Scottsdale, AZ: University of Arizona Press, 2008. 306pp. ISBN 9780615186719. US$27.95, paper.

The Sonoran Desert is a vast, arid region covering some 120,000 square miles, most of which is located in southwestern Arizona and southeastern California as well as Sonora and Baja California in Mexico.

The book under review is a fascinating book on the flora and fauna of the American Sonoran Desert by a world-renowned biologist and biochemical entomologist. The unique aspect of this book is the role that beetles, bugs, bats and bees play in maintaining genetic diversity by dispersing pollen and assuring that eternal life thrives in the Sonoran Desert. More than 300 plant species from 70 families in the desert are provided in this compact multicolored book. It provides information on flowers, stems, involucres, tubercles, spines, leaves, calyx and fruit.

The book is divided in three broad sections and further divided into eighteen chapters. The opening section includes information on the Sonoran Desert, how to use the book, and basic botanical information for non-professionals. The main section is distributed into seven chapters labeled and marked in the range of colors shown by Sonoran plants: Yuccas; White, White-Green and Green Flowers; Yellow Flowers; Red, Pink, Magenta and Purple Flowers; Orange and Apricot Flowers; Blue, Violet and Lavender Flowers; and Large Shrubs and Trees. …

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