Plant life in Big Bend National Park is incredibly diverse. The wide range of habitats within the park—desert, foothills, mountains and moist woodlands, river canyons and floodplain—as well as the Big Bend’s three major blooming seasons of spring, summer, and fall—guarantee a stunning show of botanical variety throughout the year. Little Big Bend is not a traditional guide to the area’s common plants. Although it features many species that are characteristic of the Chihuahuan Desert environment, species such as orchids are also included precisely because they are uncommon or rare and therefore a special thrill to find. Plants not seen in other wildflower guides, or those with a limited geographic range that the reader will less likely encounter elsewhere, are pictured here. This guide describes 109 species found in the United States only in Trans-Pecos Texas; 62 of these occur only in the Big Bend portion of the Trans-Pecos, and 24 of them only within Big Bend National Park. Of the 252 featured species, 71 are considered “sensitive plants”; in Texas, 28 are classified as critically imperiled, 18 as imperiled, and 25 as vulnerable.The emphasis of this book is on the little in the Big Bend, the overlooked small plants or inconspicuous tiny flowers of larger plants that so often go unnoticed. In a landscape so immense, these plants may be right before our eyes but seldom seen, or they may be tucked away and quite difficult to find. Here, in glowing photographs and insightful text, Roy Morey has brought them to light.
|Publisher:||Texas Tech University Press|
|Series:||Grover E. Murray Studies in the American Southwest Series|
|Product dimensions:||7.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the way plant and animal reference books should be written: One plant per page, lots of info, and an excellent picture showing important distinguishing features. I am very happy with it.
This book is an outstanding and comprehensive reference on the various plants found in Big Bend National Park. Each plant is accompanied by a color photograph of its most distinguishing features, and includes closeup views of the leaves, flowers, or fruit. The natural history of each plant is also described in detail, as well as its taxonimic classification and discoverer. I found this book to be fascinating to read, as our family had just visited Big Bend, and we recognized many of the plants we had seen. It also made us eager to return in the spring and search for many that we had not found, or which were not blooming in the fall. I highly recommend this book to students, naturalists, and visitors to the park, as it is professional in scope, yet attractive and understandable to the lay person.