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The Ferns and Lycophytes of Texas

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SKU: 978-1-889878-37-9
Authors: George M. Diggs, Jr. & Barney L. Lipscomb
ISSN: 0883-1475
UPC/ISBN: 978-1-889878-37-9
Publication Date: 41699
Copyright: © Botanical Research Institute of Texas
Specifications: 3 lb


About the Book

Texas has a surprising number of native ferns and lycophytes — 127 in all, the most of any state in the continental U.S.A. This is particularly unexpected given that most people associate ferns and related plants with humid, even tropical conditions, just the opposite of much of Texas. This book explains why and looks at the fascinating world of Texas ferns, ranging from the swamp forests of far East Texas, to the hidden canyons of the Edwards Plateau, and even to the high mountain “sky islands” of such places as Big Bend National Park. Each species has an illustration page with a color photo, a line drawing, and detailed maps. Be ready to be surprised by this special group of Texas plants!

In November of 2017, The Ferns and Lycophytes of Texas won the Donovan Stewart Correll Award from the Native Plant Society of Texas.

Companion Website

Want to explore more of Texas’ native ferns and lycophytes? Please visit the companion website www.FernsOfTexas.org. The site features contents from the book, links to specimen collections, and a multi-access visual key!


About the Authors

George Diggs, Ph.D. is a botanist and evolutionary biologist who has taught for more than 30 years at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. His research interests include the flora of Texas, evolution as it relates to human health, biogeography, and the systematics of the Ericaceae (the blueberry family). He has co-authored four books and more than 30 scientific articles, and has given hundreds of public lectures. In his research he has traveled to all seven continents. He is the Donald MacGregor Chair of Natural Science at Austin College and a Research Associate at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.

Barney Lipscomb is a botanist, editor, public speaker, and researcher who began his career at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, in 1975 and is now the Leonhardt Chair of Texas Botany at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth. His research interests include the flora of Texas, taxonomy of the Cyperaceae (the sedge family), poisonous plants, the application of botany to forensic science, and natural history art as it relates to science. He has co-authored three books, contributed more than 30 scientific articles, and has given more than 700 public lectures to advance the public’s understanding of botany.

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