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Wednesday - November 27, 2013

From: Corpus Christi, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Plants of Texas Coastal Bend beaches
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

What plants are native to the Texas Coastal Bend beaches?

ANSWER:

There are three good online resources that I found:

  • Plants of the South Texas Sand Sheet by William R. Carr focuses on Kleberg, Kendy and Willacy counties on the coast and extends into Brooks, Jim Hogg, Starr and Hildalgo counties further inland.

There are several paper books in print:

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Bibliography

Flora of the Texas Coastal Bend (1982) Jones, F. B.; E. Jackson

Grasses of the Texas Gulf prairies and Marshes (1999) Hatch, S.L., J.L. Schuster & D. L. Drawe

Plants Of The Texas Coastal Bend (2005) Lehman, R. L; R. O'Brien, T. White

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