Wild Orchids of Texas (Corrie Herring Hooks Series) / Edition 1

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From the East Texas swamps and forests to the Edwards Plateau canyons and the Trans-Pecos mountains, Texas hosts a surprising number of native orchids. Their exquisite beauty endears them to everyone from wildflower lovers to professional botanists and conservationists.

This beautifully illustrated book presents all 54 wild orchids of Texas. The species descriptions that accompany Joe Liggio's lovely color photos discuss the plant's flowers, blooming season, pollinators, typical habitats, and range (also shown by map), including its distribution within and beyond Texas. The species are grouped by genus and also listed by color, county, and habitat for easy reference.

In addition to the species accounts, the authors offer a general natural history of Texas orchids that discusses such topics as pollination and reproduction, special growing requirements, and threats to orchids from loss of habitats and careless collecting. They also describe the many orchid habitats in Texas and the species that grow in each. This wide variety of information, which has never before been collected in one volume for a general readership, makes this book the essential guide to Texas' wild orchids.

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What People Are Saying

Carl R. Slaughter
Of all the state and regional books on orchids, this is the best that I have read. As attractive as it is educational, this book will stand as the bible of Texas orchids for decades to come.
Carl R. Slaughter
Of all the state and regional books on orchids, this is the best that I have read. As attractive as it is educational, this book will stand as the bible of Texas orchids for decades to come.
Carl R. Slaughter, author of Wild Orchids of Arkansas
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292747128
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: Corrie Herring Hooks Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.35 (w) x 10.22 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe Liggio's photographs and articles about Texas orchids and wildflowers have appeared in books, magazines, and calendars.

Ann Orto Liggio is a freelance writer and editor.

Scientific advisor David H. Riskind is Director of the Natural Resources Program of Texas Parks and Wildlife in Austin.

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Table of Contents

Texas Treasures: Fifty-four Types of Orchids
An Infinite Variety
The Discriminating Orchid
The Natural Regions of Texas
How Texas Orchid Habitats Are Described in This Book
Orchids of the Bogs and Savannahs
Orchids of Open Sunny Habitats
Orchids of Forests and Woodlands
Orchids of the Mountains and Canyons
Texas Orchids by Flower Color
Texas Orchids by Genus and Species
Appendix A. Sources of Scientific Names
Appendix B. Excluded Species
Appendix C. Species Distribution by County
Literature Cited
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