457 pages, 1026 colour photos, 28 b/w line drawings, 1 colour map
Covering the almost three million acres of southernmost Texas known as the Lower Rio Grande Valley, this user-friendly guide is an essential reference for nature enthusiasts, farmers and ranchers, professional botanists, and anyone interested in the plant life of Texas.
Alfred Richardson and Ken King offer abundant photographs and short descriptions of more than eight hundred species of ferns, algae, and woody and herbaceous plants--two-thirds of the species that occur in this region.
"Plants of Deep South Texas" opens with a brief introduction to the region and an illustrated guide to leaf shapes and flower parts. The book's individual species accounts cover:
Common and scientific names
In addition, the authors' comments include indispensible information that cannot be seen in a photograph, such as the etymology of the scientific name, the plant's use by caterpillars and its value from the human perspective. The authors also provide a glossary of terms, as well as an appendix of butterfly and moth species mentioned in the text.
A significant addition to the plant books of the Lower Rio Grande Valley [...] The 800-plus species treated in this book make this the ultimate plant identification guide for the Lower Rio Grande Valley [...] a 'must-have' book for anyone interested in the flora of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. It will be the book I carry into the field.
- Thomas Patterson, South Texas College
"The heart and concept of this book are great. It will be valued by all kinds of nature lovers in South Texas, and not just newcomers. The book will be indispensable to professionals who work in the area, since it will offer for the first time information about many species that have come to light only recently, either as new species [...] or as new reports for Texas or the United States [...]"
- William B. Carr, field botanist, The Nature Conservancy of Texas
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