May 1987 – October 1990 Patty Leslie

Volume 5, No 3
Attracting Birds
Collecting Native Plants: Contributing to Demise?
Exploring for Native Plants

Volume 5, No 4
White Bladderpod
Propation/Transplantation: Arbutus xalapensis
Searching Sands: Callirhoe scabriuscula
LBJ National grassland

Volume 5, No 5
Wildflower seed hay

Volume 5, No 6
Disappearance of Tobusch Fishhook Cactus
Salvia penstemonoides

Volume 6, No 1
Wildflowers in a small garden
Silphium sp.

Volume 6, No 2
Plant Rustling in State Parks
Chihuahuan Desert Visitor Center

Volume 6, No 3
Red, White and Blue-Bonnets
Collecting Gone Wild

Volume 6, No 4
Texas Grassland & Prairies Report
Mexican Buckeye
Prickly Pear Jelly

Volume 6, No 5
Killer Veggies: Plants of Prey

Volume 6, No 6
Keys to the Kingdom: Botany for Laypersons

Volume 7, No 1
Texas Cacti
The Chihuahuan Woods

Volume 7, No 2
Texas Barrel Cacti
Three Native Edible “Spinaches”

Volume 7, No 3
On Ballmoss – Tillandsia recurvata

Volume 7, No 4
Our Native Bamboo: Arundinaria gigantea
Germinating Native Cactus Seeds
Perennials for Texas Landscapes

Volume 7, No 5
Planting for the Birds

Volume 7, No 6
Stratifying Seeds

Volume 8, No 1
Oak Wilt in Texas
Plant Alert: Wild Collected Orchids
Hardwood cuttings

Volume 8, No 2
Creating a Butterfly Garden

Volume 8, No 3
Trees for Texas
Sweetspire: Itea sp.
Knox City Plant Materials Center

Volume 8, No 4
Texas Native Palms North of the Rio Grande
Threatened Hinckley Oak
Texas Needs Plant Plan

Volume 8, No 5
Guayule–Texas Rubber Plant
Save a Wild Texas Native

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About the Region

New Braunfels, the location of our Fall 2024 Symposium, straddles both the Edwards Plateau Ecoregion and the Blackland Prairie ecoregion. Interstate 35 divides the city of New Braunfels; its path through the city closely parallels the boundary of these two ecoregions, with the Edwards Plateau on the west side and the Blackland Prairies region to the east. The Edwards Plateau area is also called the Hill Country; however, this general term covers a much larger area extending farther north. Spring-fed creeks are found throughout the region; deep limestone canyons, rivers, and lakes (reservoirs) are common. Ashe juniper is perhaps the most common woody species found throughout the region. Additional woody species include various species of oak, with live oak (Quercus fusiformis) being the most common. Sycamores (Platanus occidentalis) and bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) border waterways. This area is well known for its spring wildflower displays, though they may be viewed in spring, late summer, and fall, as well. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, average annual rainfall in the Edwards Plateau ranges from 15 to 34 inches.

The Blackland Prairie extends from the Red River south to San Antonio, bordered on the west by the Edwards Plateau and the Cross Timbers, and on the east by the Post Oak Savannah. Annual rainfall averages 30 to 40 inches, with higher averages to the east. This region is dominated by prairie species. The most common grass species include little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) and Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans) in the uplands and switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) in the riparian areas and drainages. Common herbaceous flowering plants include salvias, penstemons, and silphiums. This area has suffered greatly from overgrazing and agricultural use. Few intact areas remain, though many of the plants can be found along county roadsides throughout the region.

Our four host chapters (New Braunfels, Lindheimer, Guadalupe, and the Hill Country chapters) are located in one or both of the ecoregions above. However, the eastern portion of Guadalupe County also falls within the Post Oak Savanna ecoregion. Annual rainfall averages 35 to 45 inches, with higher averages to the east. A wide variety of hardwood trees are found, including several species of oaks, elms, and in the Bastrop area, loblolly pine (Pinus taeda). Grasses and forbs dominate in the open savannas, with most common grass being little bluestem. Ranching, agriculture, and fire suppression have allowed woody species to encroach on the once-open savannas.

Source: Wildflowers of Texas by Michael Eason