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Davidson, B. LeRoy.
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Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2000.
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236 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
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This is a consummate example of a book that will satisfy both a scientific and a horticultural audience. Writer Davidson highlights the genus Lewisia, a member of the purslane family (Portulaceae) endemic to the mountains of western North America. These are succulent plants with a variety of beautiful flowers that are of special interest to rock gardeners worldwide. There is great history in the book, as the genus was discovered in the Bitterroot Range of Montana by Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and later named for him. Lewisia rediviva is in fact the bitterroot plant, and it was used as an emergency food by western Amerindians. Also unusual is the ability of the plant's root, even after years of neglect and taken for dead, to sprout and come back to life. Micheal Moshier's photography of the plants and their habitats is simply superb. On top of that, there are 20 color paintings by artist Moshier that give the work an art book quality as well. Most of the book is dedicated to interesting narratives (not really botanical descriptions) of the 19 species of Lewisia. General readers; graduate students through professionals. P. E. Berry University of Wisconsin--Madison

Table of Contents

Sean Hogan
Forewordp. 7
Chapter 1 A Voyage of Discoveryp. 11
Chapter 2 Lewisias and the Landp. 21
Chapter 3 The Family and the Plantp. 40
Chapter 4 The Species of Lewisiap. 48
Section Cotyledonp. 52
Section Erocallisp. 98
Section Lewisiap. 101
Section Pygmaeap. 122
Subgenus Strophiolump. 162
Chapter 5 Hybridsp. 173
Chapter 6 Lewisias in Cultivationp. 196
Selected Bibliographyp. 221
Distribution Mapsp. 226
Indexp. 230