Wildflowers and Other Plants of Texas Beaches and Islands (Treasures of Nature Series)

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9780292771161: Wildflowers and Other Plants of Texas Beaches and Islands (Treasures of Nature Series)

Winner, Carroll Abbott Memorial Award, Native Plant Society of Texas, 2002

Many visitors to Texas beaches see only the sands between the surf and the first low dunes. Because few plants grow there, it's easy to get the impression that Texas beaches consist mostly of barren sand—while just the opposite is true. Beyond the dunes grow an amazing variety and abundance of native plants. Many of them, like Indian Blanket, Goldenrod, and Seaside Gerardia, produce great splashes of flowering color. Others display more modest flowers or are interesting for their growing habits. In all, over seven hundred species of flowering plants grow on Texas beaches and islands.

This handy field guide will aid you in identifying some 275 common and/or noteworthy flowering plants of the Texas beaches and islands from the Rio Grande to the Louisiana border. Each plant is illustrated by a color photograph, accompanied by a description of its appearance, habitat, and blooming time. The plants are grouped by families, which in turn are arranged according to relationships and similarities for easy reference. An introduction to beach habitats and plant life, references for further reading, and a glossary of terms make this book fully useful for everyone who wants a good, general understanding of beach plant life and wildflowers.

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Alfred Richardson is Professor Emeritus of Botany at the University of Texas at Brownsville.

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"This is definitely the book I've wished I had on visits to the coast!...Beachcombers, naturalists (amateur and professional), some fishermen, students, cottage owners, and perhaps especially birders will want this book." (Tom Wendt, Curator, Plant Resources Center, University of Texas at Austin)

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