Agaves of Continental North America

Agaves of Continental North America

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by Howard Scott Gentry
     
 


New in paperback Spring 2004, this is an indispensable guide to agaves. The uses of agaves are as many as the arts of man have found it convenient to devise. At least two races of man have invaded Agaveland during the last ten to fifteen thousand years, where, with the help of agaves, they contrived several successive civilizations. The region of greatestSee more details below

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New in paperback Spring 2004, this is an indispensable guide to agaves. The uses of agaves are as many as the arts of man have found it convenient to devise. At least two races of man have invaded Agaveland during the last ten to fifteen thousand years, where, with the help of agaves, they contrived several successive civilizations. The region of greatest use development is Mesoamerica. Here the great genetic diversity in a genus rich in use potential came into the hands of several peoples who developed the main agricultural center of the Americas. Perhaps, as the Aztec legends suggest, it was the animals that first showed man the edibility of agave. Evolution in use ranges all the way from the coincidental and spurious, through tool and food-drink subsistence with mystical overlay, to the practical specialties of modem industry and art. The historic period of agave will be outlined here as briefly as that complicated development will allow.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816523955
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
670
Sales rank:
1,438,919
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. IBackground to Agaves
1The Man-Agave Symbiosis3
2Taxonomic History and Morphology25
3Geographic Guide to Species and the Exsiccatae49
Pt. IISystematic Account of Genus and Species: Subgenus Littaea
4Group Amolae63
5Group Choritepalae89
6Group Filiferae101
7Group Marginatae124
8Group Parviflorae195
9Group Polycephalae216
10Group Striatae235
11Group Urceolatae251
Pt. IIISystematic Account of Genus and Species: Subgenus Agave
12Group Americanae270
13Group Campaniflorae309
14Group Crenatae323
15Group Deserticolae354
16Group Ditepalae416
17Group Hiemiflorae465
18Group Marmoratae507
19Group Parryanae520
20Group Rigidae551
21Group Salmianae594
22Group Sisalanae619
23Group Umbelliflorae635
Pt. IVCulture of Agaves and Other Addenda
Culture of Agaves651
References653
Glossary of Special Terms659
Index663

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