Lone Star Field Guide to Wildflowers, Trees, and Shrubs of Texas, Revised Editionby Delena Tull, George Oxford Miller
With the Rocky Mountains to the west, the Great Plains to the North, the Chihuahan Desert to the south and the Gulf of Mexico to the east, Texas lies at the biological crossroads of North America. More than 5,000 flowering plants, from tiny herbs to towering trees, grow in these vast and diverse habitats. This book describes more than 600 species of the most common
With the Rocky Mountains to the west, the Great Plains to the North, the Chihuahan Desert to the south and the Gulf of Mexico to the east, Texas lies at the biological crossroads of North America. More than 5,000 flowering plants, from tiny herbs to towering trees, grow in these vast and diverse habitats. This book describes more than 600 species of the most common Texas wildflowers, trees, shrubs, and cacti in a well-illustrated, easy-to-use format. With over 400 color photographs, drawings, identification keys, and range maps for each species, the book uses a step-by-step process to easily identify major plant features. (Wildflowers, for example, are arranged by color for easy identification.) Essentially three books in one, this handy guide will be invaluable for weekend naturalists, gardeners, and nature lovers in general.
Meet the Author
Delena Tull is an environmental science educator, naturalist and writer who teaches at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. George Oxford Miller is an environmental photojournalist whose photographs and articles have appeared in Texas Highways, Wildlife Conservation, Sierra and Southwest Airlines Spirit.
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Flowers were very easy to match from photo's to descriptions. Have used it extensively for this years flower season. Method for identifying trees was not as easy and were harder to figure out. Did not make for quick identification of trees (~5 minutes per tree). Even so, could correctly follow method for most trees.
This is my first exploration into wild plants, and I think that the organization of the information in this book is great. Each plant blurb has an image of Texas with the region that the plant grows in shaded in, very convenient. The flowers are organized by color, which makes identification a snap if the plant you're looking at is in bloom. Best of all every single plant has a color photograph, and all of these images are conveniently grouped together in several pages in the middle of the book. This way, if you're looking at an unknown plant, you can scan through all the pictures much more quickly than if you had to flip through the whole book. I guess the book never advertised that it would have this, but my one gripe is that there aren't enough plain old, ugly old, flowerless weeds for me. Maybe that's a job for a separate field guide. I've identified several plants in my own backyard using this book. It's been fun. I've also paired it with a book that goes into detail on the uses of various wild plants in Texas.