Remarkable Plants of Texas: Uncommon Accounts of Our Common Natives

Remarkable Plants of Texas: Uncommon Accounts of Our Common Natives

by Matt Warnock Turner
     
 

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With some 6,000 species of plants, Texas has extraordinary botanical wealth and diversity. Learning to identify plants is the first step in understanding their vital role in nature, and many field guides have been published for that purpose. But to fully appreciate how Texas's native plants have sustained people and animals from prehistoric times to the present,

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With some 6,000 species of plants, Texas has extraordinary botanical wealth and diversity. Learning to identify plants is the first step in understanding their vital role in nature, and many field guides have been published for that purpose. But to fully appreciate how Texas's native plants have sustained people and animals from prehistoric times to the present, you need Remarkable Plants of Texas.

In this intriguing book, Matt Warnock Turner explores the little-known facts—be they archaeological, historical, material, medicinal, culinary, or cultural—behind our familiar botanical landscape. In sixty-five entries that cover over eighty of our most common native plants from trees, shrubs, and wildflowers to grasses, cacti, vines, and aquatics, he traces our vast array of connections with plants. Turner looks at how people have used plants for food, shelter, medicine, and economic subsistence; how plants have figured in the historical record and in Texas folklore; how plants nourish wildlife; and how some plants have unusual ecological or biological characteristics. Illustrated with over one hundred color photos and organized for easy reference, Remarkable Plants of Texas can function as a guide to individual species as well as an enjoyable natural history of our most fascinating native plants.

Editorial Reviews

With this book, Matt Warnock Turner doesn't promise to introduce Texans to all the 6,000 trees, shrubs, grasses, cacti, vines, aquatics, wildflowers, and other plant species indigenous to the Lone Star State. Instead, he proposes something far more enjoyable: He sets out to single out 80 of Texas's most fascinating botanical "natives." To achieve that end, he goes to the roots of the plants' connections with humankind, albeit medicinal, culinary, historical, ecological, or cultural. One of those books that perks your interest in everything.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292718517
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
01/14/2009
Series:
Corrie Herring Hooks Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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Meet the Author

Matt Warnock Turner is a naturalist, teacher, and freelance writer who works at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. An active member of the Native Plant Society of Texas, he has written articles and given lectures on botanical topics, as well as conducted nature walks at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

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