Birds of a Lesser Paradise: Stories by Megan Mayhew Bergman

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By Megan Mayhew Bergman

Exploring the way in which our offerings and relationships are formed by means of the risk and wonder of the flora and fauna, Megan Mayhew Bergman's strong and heartwarming assortment captures the impressive moments while the pull of our biology turns into glaring, whilst love or worry collide with reliable experience, or while our attachment to an animal or wild position can't be denied.

In "Housewifely Arts," a unmarried mom and her son force hours to trace down an African grey parrot which could mimic her deceased mother's voice. A population-control activist faces the final word clash among her loyalty to the surroundings and her maternal hope in "Yesterday's Whales." And within the name tale, a lonely naturalist permits an enticing stranger to steer her and her getting older father on a hunt for an elusive woodpecker.

As clever as they're relocating, the tales in Birds of a Lesser Paradise are alive with emotion, wit, and perception into the remarkable strength that nature has over we all. This remarkable assortment introduces a tender author of outstanding expertise.

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Polianthes longiflora Rose (1903). 5 mm; Fr unknown. This species was long known only from incomplete flowering specimens offered for sale (McVaugh 1989: 253) until its recent discovery in the wild, see Cedano M. & al. (1993) and Chazaro Basanez & Machuca Nunez (1995). Placed in Agave, a new name was necessary to avoid homonymy with A. longiflora (Rose) G. D. Rowley 1977. A. duplicata Thiede & Eggli (KuaS 50(5): 111, 1999). n. ]). - Lit: McVaugh (1989: as Polianthes geminiflora). D: Mexico. Incl.

Fureraea tuberosa Drummond (1907) (nom. , Art. 1). 5 cm, blackish-brown at the curved tip, decurrent and dorsally intruding into the green tissue; Inf 5 - 6 m and more, narrowlyoblong, 'paniculate', part-Inf on very ascending Br, in the upper jj or more of the Inf, freely and densely bulbilliferous, not known to produce Fr; Perl 10 (-20) mm; Fl aborting before completely opening, 65 - 75 mm and more; Ov oblong-fusiform, 45 - 55 mm; Tep yellow, tube conical, ± 15 mm, lobes 20 - 25 mm. 5 - 3 cm, red-brown, shortly decurrent; Inf ± 5 m, 'paniculate', narrowly oblong, part-Inf few, distant, on ascending Br, in the upper Y, or less of the Inf, freely bulbilliferous; Perl 5 mm; Fl 45 mm; Ov broadly fusiform, 20 - 25 mm; Tep golden-yellow, tube conical, ± 7 mm, lobes 15 mm; Fr unknown.

This species shares many floral and fruit characters with A. guttata, but is nevertheless easily distinguished by its longer, narrower and more pliable and herbaceous leaves and its distribution. It may represent the moist-forest counterpart of the more xeromorphic A. guttata (Verhoek-Williams 1975: 252-253). A. decipiens Baker (BMI 1892: 183, 1892). T: [neo - icono]: Curtis's Bot. Mag. 122: t. 7477, 1896, sub A. laxifolia. - D: USA (Florida); coastal sands. I: Gentry (1982: 555,574). Incl. Agave laxifolia Baker (1896); incl.

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