Rare Plants of Texas: A Field Guide

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Texas A&M University Press, 2007 - Nature - 640 pages
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Since 1987, when Texas Parks and Wildlife Department botanists published their first in-house summary of Texas' threatened plants, more than 225 species have been identified and described as endangered, imperiled, or declining. Because most of these plants are too rare to be mentioned, much less pictured, in standard field guides, only a handful of botanists have known what these plants to their habitats look like. Complete with photographs, line drawings, and county maps, this book describes the officially listed candidate, and species-of-concern plants in Texas. Individual accounts include information on distribution, habitat, physical, description, flowering time, federal and state status, similar species, and published references. The authors also provide brief introductory chapters on the state's vegetation regions; the history of plant conservation in Texas; federal, state, and other ranking methods; threats to native plants; recovery methods; and reporting guidelines. With the growing recognition that native plants support wildlife, conserve water, promote biodiversity, and exemplify our natural heritage, we must also recognize the need for greater understanding of endangered plants, the threats of their existence, and the importance of their survival. Rare Plants of Texas is highly recommended for professional botanists and advanced researchers, conservationists, students, range managers, and others concerned with preserving the ecosystems of Texas and the Southwest.
  

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Contents

Natural Regions of Texas
3
History of Plant Conservation in Texas
27
Rarity Federal and State Status Categories
33
Management and Restoration of Rare Plants
45
Nomenclature and Species Selection
51
Excluded Species
521
References
545
Index
627
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JACKIE M. POOLE is a botanist in the Wildlife Diversity Program of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. She has been working with the rare plants of Texas since 1982.WILLIAM R. CARR, a botanist with The Nature Conservancy of Texas, conducts numerous field surveys and inventories for the conservation of threatened habitat.DANA M. PRICE is a botanist at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department with experience in prairie ecology and economic botany.JASON R. SINGHURST, a botanist and phytogeographer at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, manages GIS and remote sensing land cover classification projects and conducts status surveys of rare plants in Texas.

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