Wildflowers and Other Plants of Texas Beaches and Islands

Alfred Richardson


University of Texas Press

Publication Date:

October 11, 2013


Coastal, Reference, Regional

This book focuses on the diverse native wildflowers found along the Texas coastline, specifically on the beaches and islands from the Rio Grande to the Louisiana border.

Over seven hundred species of flowering plants thrive in this coastal region. Despite the impression that Texas beaches consist mainly of barren sand, beyond the dunes lies an abundance of native flora. The book aids readers in identifying approximately 275 common and noteworthy flowering plants specific to Texas beaches and islands. Each plant is accompanied by a color photograph, a description of its appearance, habitat, and blooming time.

The plants are thoughtfully organized by families, making it easy for beachcombers, naturalists, and enthusiasts to reference and learn about the local flora. Whether you’re a curious visitor or a seasoned botanist, this guide provides a general understanding of beach plant life and wildflowers in this unique coastal ecosystem.

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