Texas Range Plants / Edition 1

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Texas Range Plants offers a handy and attractive identification guide for the soil conservationist, range ecologist, amateur botanist, land appraiser, college or high school student, 4-H member or leader, and rangeland manager. The book describes and illustrates the 140 grasses, forbs, shrubs, and trees that are economically important on Texas rangelands because of their important forage characteristics, poisonous attributes, or "weedy" or aggressive nature.

Each plant is described in detail, in both technical and lay terminology, and depicted with a line drawing that clearly shows the plant's gross morphology and the characteristics necessary for identification. Latin and common names, habitat, longevity, season, origin, value to wildlife and livestock, and growth characteristics are listed for each plant. In addition, any poisonous properties are included, along with items of special interest and folklore about the plants.

Additional illustrations detailing various types of plant parts and characteristics and a complete glossary to the technical terminology make this book a valuable learning tool for the interested lay person and the student of botany alike.

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Editorial Reviews

Drawings and descriptions of 140 plants. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Richard Mize

" . . . one of the easiest-to-understand references I've seen."--Richard Mize, agribusiness editor
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890965214
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1992
  • Series: W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series, #13
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 979,540
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephan L. Hatch is professor of grass systematics and curator of the S. M. Tracy Herbarium, Texas A&M University.Jennifer Pluhar, who lives in Canyon Texas, is a range management consultant, with interests in cattle feeding and livestock investments, and a 4-H leader who has worked extensively with 4-H and FFA youth plant-identification teams. Hatch and Pluhar are in charge of the University Plant Identification Contest at the annual meetings of the international Society for Range Management.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Vegetational Areas of Texas 1
Range Plant Classification 4
Grass Morphology 5
Forb and Shrub Morphology 8
Plant Descriptions and Illustrations 29
Poaceae (grasses) family 31
Aeluropodeae tribe 31
Andropogoneae tribe 33
Aristideae tribe 55
Chlorideae tribe 59
Eragrosteae tribe 89
Paniceae tribe 117
Pappophoreae tribe 159
Poeae tribe 161
Stipeae tribe 169
Triticeae tribe 171
Fabaceae (legume) family 179
Anacardiaceae (sumac) family 221
Aquifoliaceae (holly) family 225
Asclepiadaceae (milkweed) family 227
Asteraceae (sunflower) family 229
Cactaceae (cactus) family 269
Convolvulaceae (morning glory) family 271
Cupressaceae (cypress) family 273
Euphorbiaceae (spurge) family 277
Fagaceae (beech) family 279
Krameriaceae (ratany) family 285
Lamiaceae (mint) family 287
Liliaceae (lily) family 289
Onagraceae (evening primrose) family 293
Pinaceae (pine) family 295
Rhamnaceae (buckhorn) family 299
Rosaceae (rose) family 303
Solanaceae (nightshade) family 305
Verbenaceae (vervain) family 309
Glossary 310
Selected References 320
Index 323
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