Remarkable Plants of Texas: Uncommon Accounts of Our Common Natives (Google eBook)

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University of Texas Press, Jan 1, 2010 - Nature - 336 pages
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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.

  

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Contents

Huisache
3
Texas Madrone
7
Pecan
11
Hackberry
17
Flowering Dogwood
20
Texas Persimmon
25
Common Persimmon
28
Black Walnut
32
HERBACEOUS PLANTS CACTI GRASSES VINES AND AQATICS
169
Wild Onion
171
Amaranth
175
White Prickly Poppy
180
White Sagebrush
183
Blue Grama
187
Chiltepin
191
Goosefoot
195

Eastern RedCedar
38
Osage Orange
45
Red Mulberry
49
Loblolly Pine
54
Cottonwood
59
Mesquite
64
Wild Plum
71
Post Oak
75
Live Oak
80
Sabal Palm
87
Black Willow
91
Soapberry
95
Sassafras
98
Bald Cypress
102
SHRUBS
107
Lechuguilla
109
Agarita
114
Sotol
118
Mormon Tea
122
Candelilla
125
Ocotillo
129
Yaupon
134
Creosote Bush
139
Fragrant Sumac
144
Sumac
147
Texas Mountain Laurel
151
Mexican Buckeye
159
Yucca
163
Plains Corepsis
199
Buffalo Gourd
202
Jimsonweed
206
Purple Coneflower
210
Horsetail
214
Rattlesnake Master
217
Indian Blanket
221
Sunflower
225
Indian RushPea
229
Peyote
232
Texas Bluebonnet
238
Horsemint
242
Yellow Lotus
245
Prickly Pear
248
Tasajillo
257
Mistletoe
260
Pokeweed
266
Greenbrier
270
Silverleaf Nightshade
274
Spanish Moss
278
Cattail
284
Frostweed
289
Wild Grape
293
Glossary
299
Bibliography
311
Index
329
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