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- DescriptionTexas is long overdue for a new, accessible, invative tree book. This guide to the identification of just over two hundred of Texas' most common native and naturalized trees brims over with life-sized, black-and-white photographs of leaves, fruit, flowers, and bark. Scanned directly from actual specimens, these images accompany species descriptions that include height, growth rate, commercial or wildlife value, family, and vegetation region of the trees, alongside captivating folklore and interesting cultural and historical antations.To aid in identification, the authors have organized the book by leaf shape and provide a simple but clear, illustrated key to help the reader match the leaf he or she is looking at to the pertinent description. For the more kwledgeable reader who may t need help with actual identification, scientific and common names appear in the index. Appendixes list trees by family, by scientific and common names, by region, and as introduced species. Just for fun, the authors have added appendixes for wild edible recipes, light and water requirements, and butterfly host trees. A brief introduction and a glossary are also included in the manuscript.McElvaney and Stahl's The Trees of Texas is invatively organized and friendly to the vice, using life-sized illustrations as a visual guide to common native and naturalized trees. Perfect for people who want to learn to identify trees without wading through confusing technical terms, it makes a handy reference for libraries, schools, and nature centers. It is also suited for people with interests as diverse as the historical uses of plants, native plant gardening, attracting wildlife, and Texas history.
- Author BiographyCarmine Stahl is a naturalist and forester, recently retired as program coordinator at Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens and the Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center in Houston, Texas.Ria McElvaney is an attorney, writer, and illustrator, whose idea for this book originated with her own desire to learn about trees and her frustration with the organization of available state tree books.
- Author(s)Carmine Stahl,Ria Nicholas
- PublisherTexas A & M University Press
- Date of Publication15/09/2012
- SubjectNatural History: Plants
- Series TitleW.L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series
- Series Part/Volume Number34
- Place of PublicationCollege Station
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintTexas A & M University Press
- Content NoteIllustrations (some col.), 1 col. map
- Weight1021 g
- Width216 mm
- Height279 mm
- Spine18 mm
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