Grasses of the Texas Hill Country
A Field Guide
Natural History
5.5 x 8.5, 208 pp.
170 color photos., 1 b&w photo., 7 line art., 23 illus., 2 color maps.
Pub Date: 04/04/2006
Louise Lindsey Merrick Natural Environment Series
  flexbound (with flaps)
Price:        $23.00

978-1-58544-467-0

Published by Texas A&M University Press
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Winner of the 2011 Carroll Abbott Award, presented by Native Plant Society of Texas

Grasses of the Texas Hill Country

A Field Guide

By Brian Loflin and Shirley Loflin

This photographic guide to grasses gives all who have been frustrated trying to identify these difficult plants an easy-to-use, visually precise, and information-packed field guide to seventy-seven native and introduced species that grow in the Texas Hill Country and beyond. With a blade of grass in hand, open this book and find: Handy thumb guides to seedhead type, the most visible distinguishing characteristic to begin identification. Color photographs of stands of grasses and detailed close-ups. Concise information about economic uses, habitat, range, and flowering season. Quick-reference icons for native status, toxicity, growing season, and grazing response

BRIAN AND SHIRLEY LOFLIN, who live in Austin, Texas, are independent naturalists, photographers, and writers. They teach seminars and workshops and have led nature and photography tours throughout the world.STEPHAN L. HATCH, a leading authority on grasses, is professor of plant taxonomy and director of the S. M. Tracy Herbarium at Texas A&M University.

What Readers Are Saying:

“At last! A grass guide for the normal person! We’ve been waiting a long time for Brian and Shirley Loflin’s Grasses of the Texas Hill Country. This field guide opens the door to this interesting and wonderful family of plants, making them accessible to botanists, naturalists, and gardeners of all levels of understanding and botanical expertise.”--Flo Oxley, Director of Conservation and Education, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

“At last! A grass guide for the normal person! We’ve been waiting a long time for Brian and Shirley Loflin’s Grasses of the Texas Hill Country. This field guide opens the door to this interesting and wonderful family of plants, making them accessible to botanists, naturalists, and gardeners of all levels of understanding and botanical expertise.” --Flo Oxley, Director of Conservation and Education, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflow

“Trying to identify the many grass species coexisting in a natural setting is a frustrating experience, even for the professional botanist. Distinguishing characteristics are much less obvious than with flowering plants, and only the most determined plant enthusiasts have attempted to learn the properties that make each individual grass species unique. But now, Brian and Shirley Loflin’s new book The Grasses of the Texas Hill Country, offers the layman a much needed, user-friendly manual for identifying and learning about grasses. This book is a must for ranchers, natural gardeners, and outdoorsmen of all persuasions.” --Guy A. Thompson, Jr., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Department of Botany, Univer

“This book is the ticket to assist naturalists in resolving their ‘Fear of Grasses’” --David Riskind, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

“This is the one we have been waiting for. Finally, a grasses field guide that can be utilized and understood by the average person. The addition of high quality photography makes it a book that I can’t wait to add to my library.” --Lew K. Hunnicutt, Dean, Frank Phillips College–Perryton Campus

“This is a field guide you’ll want to have with you every time you venture outside. It is not technical or confusing, but genuinely helpful and informative.” --Homegrown

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