Texas Cacti
A Field Guide
Nature Guide
5.75 x 9, 312 pp.
483 color photos. 103 maps.
Pub Date: 10/26/2009
W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series
  flexbound (with flaps)
Price:        $24.00


Published by Texas A&M University Press

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Texas Cacti

A Field Guide

By Brian Loflin and Shirley Loflin

In Texas Cacti, authors Brian and Shirley Loflin present a concise, fully illustrated field guide to more than one hundred of the cacti most often found in Texas and the surrounding region.

The book opens with an illustrated introduction to cactus habitat and anatomy. The species are then organized by stem shape, with each account featuring detailed color photographs, specific identifying features (including spines, flowers, fruits, and seeds) and information about common and scientific names, habitat, flowering season, and more.

The photographs, range maps, and icons designating shape, conservation status, and blooming period, along with easy-to-understand descriptions, make this book a quick and friendly guide to cactus identification for botanists, amateur naturalists, and cactus enthusiasts alike.


BRIAN AND SHIRLEY LOFLIN are independent writers and photographers living in Austin, Texas. Authors of Grasses of the Texas Hill Country, the Loflins also teach nature photography workshops in a variety of venues. Their photographs have appeared in many books and periodicals, including Texas Parks and Wildlife, Outdoor Photographer, and Texas Highways.

What Readers Are Saying:

“I am delighted that we now have this excellent new book on the cacti of Texas. The Loflins have established themselves as superb photographers and writers dedicated to making the plants of Texas accessible to all people who enjoy nature. This book will be a valuable companion on walks through many of Texas’s natural areas.”-James Mauseth, department of integrative biology, University of Texas

“I find this book to be a most attractive and educational investigation of the 103 species of our “sticky” friends. The many color photographs are clear, sharp and attractive, and the descriptions of the cacti that focus on dominant features, habitat, and flowering season, are concise and exact. As one of the Texas A&M Nature Guides, this book is number forty-two of the W.L. Woody Jr. Natural History Series, and is an excellent addition to the library of any cactus aficionado.”—Emma B. Hawkins, Review of Texas Books, April 2013


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