Common Woody Plants and Cacti of South Texas: A Field Guide

Paperback | August 30, 2014

byRichard B. Taylor

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Woody plants and cacti are vital staple foods for cattle, deer, and other wildlife in drought-prone South Texas. Ranchers, hunters, and land managers who need to identify these plants relied on A Field Guide to Common South Texas Shrubs (published by Texas Parks & Wildlife Press and distributed by UT Press), which is no longer in print. Responding to ongoing demand for the book, Richard B. Taylor has completely updated and expanded it with seven new species, new photographs, and a quick plant identification key.

Common Woody Plants and Cacti of South Texas is an easy-to-use plant identification field guide to fifty species that comprise an estimated 90 percent of the region's woody canopy cover north of the Rio Grande Valley. The species accounts include photographs, descriptions, values to livestock and wildlife, and nutritional information. The book also provides historical perspectives and information on brush management techniques and strategies, as well as habitat appraisal. All of these resources will enable readers to analyze stocking rates for deer and cattle, evaluate a prospective hunting lease, or buy property.

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Woody plants and cacti are vital staple foods for cattle, deer, and other wildlife in drought-prone South Texas. Ranchers, hunters, and land managers who need to identify these plants relied on A Field Guide to Common South Texas Shrubs (published by Texas Parks & Wildlife Press and distributed by UT Press), which is no longer in print...

Richard B. Taylor is a certified wildlife biologist with over thirty years’ experience in natural resource management. He provides technical assistance with white-tailed deer and other game species management, game bird management, non-game wildlife management, livestock management, water management, habitat management, and prescribed ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:223 pages, 7.5 × 4.75 × 0.56 inPublished:August 30, 2014Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292756526

ISBN - 13:9780292756526

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroductionHistorical PerspectivesBrush ManagementHabitat AppraisalPlant Quick KeyThorned PlantsStraight Thorned Granjeno Texas ebony Texas palo verde Honey mesquite Huisache Blackbrush acacia Twisted acacia Allthorn Brasil Knifeleaf condalia Green condalia Lotebush Coma Amargosa WolfberryCurved Thorned Fragrant mimosa Retama Guajillo Catclaw acacia Roemer acacia Lime pricklyashThornless Plants Four-wing saltbush Littleleaf sumac Agarito Wild olive Anaqua Sugar hackberry Desert yaupon Texas persimmon Vine ephedra Southwest bernardia False mesquite Texas kidneywood Mountain laurel Live oak Pecan Shrubby blue sage Narrowleaf forestiera Hogplum Coyotillo Cenizo Cedar elm Whitebrush Lantana Guayacan CreosotebushCacti, Succulents, and Yucca Spanish dagger Pricklypear Tasajillo LeatherstemAppendix I. Benefits of Plants to Various Classes of WildlifeAppendix II. Palatability Index of White-tailed Browse Plants in South TexasAppendix III. Nutritional Value of PlantsAppendix IV. Common Scientific Names of Plants and Animals Mentioned in TextIllustrated GlossaryBibliographyIndex

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A very significant contribution to the field. I know of no other treatment that includes such great detail on characteristics, historical uses, and current uses of these plants; and the inclusion of wildlife values and protein contents is excellent. - D. Lynn Drawe, Professor Emeritus, Ranching and Wildlife Management, Texas A&M University–Kingsville, and coauthor of Trees, Shrubs, and Cacti of South Texas