The Nature of Arizona: An Introduction to Familiar Plants and Animals and Natural Attractions

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A land of contrasts, Arizona’s diverse landscape encompasses habitats ranging from the subalpine meadows of the San Francisco Peaks, to sun-baked deserts, to the mile-deep recesses of the world’s greatest canyon. Native species include more than 475 birds, 130 mammals, 90 reptiles, 20 amphibians, 80 fishes and thousands of trees, shrubs and wildflowers. This beautifully illustrated guide highlights more than 300 common and unique plants and animals and 100 of the state’s outstanding natural attractions. It is an...
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A land of contrasts, Arizona’s diverse landscape encompasses habitats ranging from the subalpine meadows of the San Francisco Peaks, to sun-baked deserts, to the mile-deep recesses of the world’s greatest canyon. Native species include more than 475 birds, 130 mammals, 90 reptiles, 20 amphibians, 80 fishes and thousands of trees, shrubs and wildflowers. This beautifully illustrated guide highlights more than 300 common and unique plants and animals and 100 of the state’s outstanding natural attractions. It is an indispensable single reference for amateur naturalists, students and tourists alike.
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Avid naturalist James Kavanagh has written more than 200 North American nature and travel guides. That experience is evident on every page of this compact yet comprehensive color-coded, illustrated introduction to Arizona's plants, animals, and natural attractions. The more than 300 listings includes a detailed full-color drawing; the species' common and scientific name; its size; and a simple description and notation about its habitat.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583553008
  • Publisher: Waterford Press Ltd.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Series: Waterford Press Field Guides Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 586,515
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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James Kavanagh has written over 450 pocket guides to nature, travel, science and languages that have sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide.
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PALMS, YUCCAS AND CACTI
These common desert plants are familiar sights since most have been widely transplanted in urban areas. All are evergreen and differ from other trees by having trunks that lack growth rings.
Saguaro, Carnegiea gigantean
Size: To 50 ft. (15 m)
Description: Upright, stout trunk is ribbed vertically. Trunk usually grows 'arms' when 50-100 years old. Waxy white flowers bloom in May and are succeeded by fleshy red fruits in June.
Habitat: Rocky desert soils in southern Arizona.
Comments: The symbol of southwestern deserts, the saguaro is an important food source and nesting site for desert animals including woodpeckers, martins, owls, lizards and wood rats, to name a few. The fruits are used to make jellies and wine.

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