Marine Plants of the Texas Coast

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Texas A&M University Press, Dec 6, 2013 - Science - 224 pages
Written for biology students, teachers, nature lovers, amateur naturalists, conservation workers, and parks and wildlife personnel, this up-to-date, easy-to-use guide describes the marine plants of the Gulf of Mexico coast. The author’s photographs accompany the updated identification keys, which are also visually oriented and simple to use.

Veteran botanist and educator Roy L. Lehman describes the plants in four major sections, covering the common shoreline plants, seagrasses, mangroves, and marine algae (red, brown, and green seaweeds). Each section begins with an introduction that gives an overview of the plant group and includes information on the important traits and terminology used for identification. A simple key to the family or order directs the reader to the appropriate section, where the text is arranged alphabetically by family and then by genus and species. Each genus is illustrated by high quality photographs that include a close-up of each plant and images of its reproductive structures.

Marine Plants of the Texas Coast collects these unique species for the first time in a single volume. As coastal issues, such as hurricane preparedness, beach erosion, wetland mitigation, freshwater inflows, and more, remain in the forefront of public concern, this botanical reference should find a permanent place on the bookshelves of scientists, policy makers, and citizens alike.
 

Contents

Introduction
1
I Common Shoreline Plants of the Texas Coast
7
Introduction to Shoreline Plants
9
List of Shoreline Plants
11
Key to Shoreline Plant Families
13
Plant Descriptions and Images
14
II Seagrasses of the Texas Coast
57
Introduction to Seagrasses
59
Generic Key to the Common Red Seaweeds
93
Plant Descriptions and Images
95
Introduction to the Common Brown Seaweeds
138
Generic Key to the Common Brown Seaweeds
139
Plant Descriptions and Images
140
Introduction to the Common Green Seaweeds
153
List of Common Green Seaweeds
154
Generic Key to the Common Green Seaweeds
155

List of Seagrasses
60
III Mangroves of the Texas Coast
73
Introduction to Mangroves
75
Plant Descriptions and Images
76
IV Common Seaweeds of the Texas Coast
83
Introduction to Seaweeds
85
Key to the Divisions of Seaweeds
88
List of Common Red Seaweeds
91
Plant Descriptions and Images
156
Collection and Preparation Techniques
179
Glossary of Selected Terms
185
Bibliography
199
Index
203
Back Cover
219
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About the author (2013)

ROY L. LEHMAN is professor of biology at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi, where he is also director of the Laguna Madre Field Station and a Harte Research Associate at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies. He is the coauthor of the award-winning book Plants of the Texas Coastal Bend, published by Texas A&M University Press in 2005.

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