Grasses Of The Trans-Pecos

by Dr. A. M. Powell

Grasses Of The Trans-Pecos

Catalog of the biological wealth of our natural grasslands

In the mountains and open spaces of Trans-Pecos Texas grow some 268 of the 530 species of grasses that flourish in Texas. The vast grasslands they form at mid elevations in the mountain basins and on plateaus for centuries provided natural grazing range for herds of wild buffalo and today support thousands of head of cattle.

This book is the first guide to concentrate on the grasses of this region, over 200 of which also grow in the Texas Plains country, Edwards Plateau, and South Plains, as well as New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arizona, and northern Mexico. Designed as much for a general audience as for the specialist, it covers the uses, natural history, and morphology of grasses. The 268 species treatments include botanical descriptions, keys, and drawings for identification. The author also gives information on specific ranges for the forage value for livestock and wildlife for most species.

For visitors to the Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks, as well as ranchers, range managers, wildlife biologists, ecologists, and environmental consultants, this book highlights the biological wealth of our natural grasslands.

Reviews ...

"... ground breaking ... the first grass book generally available for the vast Trans-Pecos region of Texas .... It will be an important educational tool and is likely to be a part of every land manager´s library."
      – David Riskind Director, Natural Resources Program Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

"Dr. Powell´s book has been one of my favorite references and my most useful field guide since it was first published in 1994. The keys to the species are the backbone of this book. They are well written and easily understood, but most important, they can be used in the field in most cases, since they rely on gross physical characteristics that don´t require more than a 10x hand lens. This makes the book a true field guide, essential to the amateur plant enthusiast interested in the extensive grasslands of the Trans-Pecos."
      – Pat McNeal Native Plant Grower in Useful Wild Plants

About the Author

A highly respected scientist, Dr. A. Michael Powell is Professor of Biology and Herbarium Director-Curator at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, where, for more than 35 years, he has actively studied and contributed to the knowledge of Trans-Pecos native plants. His meticulous research is reflected in numerous articles in scientific journals. He has also written Trees and Shrubs of Trans-Pecos Texas.

ISBN Binding Pages Retail
978-0-9657985-5-6 Tradepaper 224 $27.95

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