Feral opuntioid cacti in Australia
Part I. Cylindrical-stemmed genera: Austrocylindropuntia, Cylindropuntia and Corynopuntia [Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens Supplement 3 (2015)]
by R.J. Chinnock
Published in 2015 by The State Herbarium of South Australia, full colour, 69 pages
Price $A29.00 includes postage [for a single copy] within Australia, overseas postage please request a quote
- About the author
Part 1 of Bob Chinnock’s revision of weedy cacti in Australia.
A field identification section provides an easy means to identify the plants and a taxonomic section contains detailed descriptions and notes on every species. There are introductory chapters on opuntioid morphology, how to collect and prepare pressed specimens, dispersal and biological/chemical control. A glossary completes the book.
This book is an essential reference tool for land owners and managers, staff of government agencies, conservation groups, people involved in bushcare, and anyone concerned with identifying and eradicating weedy cacti. It will also be a valuable addition to libraries of ecologists and botanists, and people interested in cacti and succulents.
Part II, containing the flat stemmed genus Opuntia (incl. Nopalea), is currently in preparation.
About the author
Dr R.J. Chinnock (Bob) retired from the State Herbarium in December 2008 as a senior botanist and is now an Honorary Research Associate.
His research interests include: Eremophila and allied genera, their relationships to the environment (e.g. ecology, fire response, reproduction, pollinators, horticulture); the weedy Cactaceae; the classification of the Opuntiod genera in Australia in particular, their biology, dispersal methods and their control; and the ferns and lycopods of Australasia including their taxonomy and biology.
Bob is continuing his research whilst in retirement and is happy to be contacted through the State Herbarium. His research expertise is biodiversity discovery; species and populations; and ecological processes.