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The illustrated handbook of succulent plants published under the supervision of the ios international organisation for succulent plant study aims to provide a comprehensive up to date lexicon of all succulent plants two ponderous volumes dealing with the family aizoaceae have now appeared we can only confirm the positive judgement expressed on the first volume of the series. This handbook consisting of six volumes covers over 9000 taxa of succulents excluding cacti which have the ability to store water in their stems leaves or underground organs in addition to the volumes on monocotyledons and dicotyledons separate volumes are devoted to those families with predominantly succulent members which show an especially great diversity namely aizoaceae . Members of the iceplant family aizoaceae are appreciated by many people and disliked by some farmers value the plants for their browsing stock hobbyists like to grow and flower mainly the stone plants of the family and tourists enjoy the mass flowering of millions of annuals after good rains in the south western part of south africa. The illustrated handbook of succulent plants represents the first comprehensive taxonomic treatment of succulents in thirty years it covers over 9000 taxa of all succulents except cactaceae this up to date work is ideally suited for anyone interested in these fascinating plants including hobbyists plant scientists horticulturalists and herbarium staff. Heidrun e k hartmann ed illustrated handbook of succulent plants aizoaceae f z with 85 figures and 384 colour photos printed in 48 colour plates