Plant Galls of the Western United States


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Plant Galls of the Western United States Author: Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Princeton University Press
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Pages: 400 Illustrations and other contents: 400+ color images and plates Language: English ISBN: 9780691205762 Categories: , , , , , ,

A photographic guide to 536 species of plant galls found west of the Rockies

Beautiful and bizarre, plant galls are growths of various shapes, sizes, and colors produced in response to invading organisms. Describing 536 species of galls and their causative agents, Plant Galls of the Western United States explores this unique realm with stunning photos and fascinating information about the life cycles of the organisms involved.

Often species-specific, plant galls can be shaped like stars, baskets, clubs, wigs, bowls, and cups, with colors and combinations that stagger the imagination. This richly illustrated field guide examines how galls develop, and their uses, seasonal appearance and growth rate, predators, and defense mechanisms. The “architects” of galls-bacteria, fungi, mites, moths, beetles, flies, midges, and wasps-are explored in depth, and descriptions are paired with illustrations of these gall-inducing organisms and their typical galls. Gall accounts are divided into those that occur on trees, shrubs, and miscellaneous hosts, including native and ornamental plants. The guide contains a useful glossary and a section on literature cited.

  • Looks at 536 gall species with 232 species not previously included in any field guide
  • Features more than 120 species new to science
  • Examines for the first time more than 90 species from southwestern oak trees
  • Contains more than 150 species from most of the deserts of the western states
Weight1.0 kg




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"For those who have already discovered the wonders of plant galls, no reason needs to be given for why this book should pique your interest. For those who haven’t yet added the observation and study of these fascinating, multi-form protrusions, I highly recommend giving the activity consideration, as learning about them is a superb way to expand your understanding of botany, mycology, and entomology all at the same time."---Johannes Riutta, The Well-read Naturalist "The author is to be congratulated . . . [The book makes] identification that much easier and the guide should appeal to a wide range of enthusiasts and lead to a surge in recording."---John Badmin, British Journal of Entomology and Natural History

Author Biography

Ronald A. Russo is a retired California naturalist. His books include Field Guide to Plant Galls of California and Other Western States and Hawaiian Reefs.

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