Aquatic and Wetland Plants of the Western Gulf Coast

Aquatic and Wetland Plants of the Western Gulf Coast

by Charles D. Stutzenbaker
     
 

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,

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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:
10/06/2010
Edition description:
New edition, Texas A&M University Press edition
Pages:
468
Sales rank:
752,510
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
The Western Gulf Coast1
Scientific Names2
Common Names2
Phonetic Pronunciation2
Family2
Illustrations and Photography2
Habitat Types2
National and Regional Wetland Indications2
Wildlife Values3
Propagation3
Management3
Similar Species3
Plant Descriptions Arranged by Growth Characteristics
Free-floating or suspended in water column5
Rooted and rootless, submerged35
Rooted, with floating leaves77
Very tall emergents with spiked, clustered or plume-like tops109
Emergents with white to whitish flowers141
Emergents with yellow flowers195
Emergents with blue flowers221
Emergents with lilac to purple flowers233
Emergents with pink or peach-colored flowers251
Emergents with green, brownish or obscure flowers (includes most but not all sedges, rushes and grasses)265
Climbing or vining395
Shrubs409
Shrubs with pinnately compound leaves427
Trees435
Glossary450
Wetland Indicator Categories453
Bibliography458
Index459

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