Aquatic and Wetland Plants of the Western Gulf Coast

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From the preface:
"When the first Spanish and French explorers encountered the western Gulf Coast, they were confronted by an immense and continuous wetland zone that ranged from shallow brackish bays, densely vegetated marshes, and wooded swamps to wet and poorly drained prairies. Early land value assessments were often negative . . . . Today, the original, boundless, and nearly impenetrable wetlands are found in smaller patches, punctuated by levees, ditches, and roadways. There have been major changes in plant distribution and species composition and abundance across the western Gulf Coast."
This book, originally published by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department but unavailable for years, fills a longstanding need for a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide to the aquatic and wetland plants of the Gulf Coast from New Orleans to Brownsville (including all of the Texas coast).   Charles D. Stutzenbaker, a retired wildlife biologist, describes the habitat requirements, wildlife values, propagation, and management possibilities for more than 200 plants, which are illustrated by pen-and-ink drawings that accompany habitat and scale photographs for field identification. The plants are arranged by growth characteristics, ranging from free-floating aquatics to shrubs, and each plant occupies a handy, two-page spread.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603442220
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 10/6/2010
  • Edition description: New edition, Texas A&M University Press edition
  • Pages: 468
  • Sales rank: 619,438
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

CHARLES D. STUTZENBAKER was born on a cotton farm in Fort Bend County, Texas, in 1934. He served in the U.S. Army and graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor of science degree in wildlife management.   Stutzenbaker retired rom Texas Parks and Wildlife in 1995, after a thirty-six-year career as a research and management-oriented wildlife biologist dealing primarily with wetlands and migratory birds. The scope of his work involved activities at the local, state, national, and international levels. As a result, he is a widely recognized authority on migratory birds and wetland environments.   A frequently published biologist, his major works include a textbook on wildlife management and the definitive work on the mottled duck.

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Table of Contents

The Western Gulf Coast 1
Scientific Names 2
Common Names 2
Phonetic Pronunciation 2
Family 2
Illustrations and Photography 2
Habitat Types 2
National and Regional Wetland Indications 2
Wildlife Values 3
Propagation 3
Management 3
Similar Species 3
Plant Descriptions Arranged by Growth Characteristics
Free-floating or suspended in water column 5
Rooted and rootless, submerged 35
Rooted, with floating leaves 77
Very tall emergents with spiked, clustered or plume-like tops 109
Emergents with white to whitish flowers 141
Emergents with yellow flowers 195
Emergents with blue flowers 221
Emergents with lilac to purple flowers 233
Emergents with pink or peach-colored flowers 251
Emergents with green, brownish or obscure flowers (includes most but not all sedges, rushes and grasses) 265
Climbing or vining 395
Shrubs 409
Shrubs with pinnately compound leaves 427
Trees 435
Glossary 450
Wetland Indicator Categories 453
Bibliography 458
Index 459
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