rangelands of south Texas—that portion of the state lying
of San Antonio and extending west and south to the Rio Grande and east
to the Gulf of Mexico—are home to many species of grasses,
beneficial and some noxious. Careful identification is important for
ranch and farm management, conservation, and scientific study.
guide catalogs 250
taxa, representing 9 subfamilies, 15 tribes, and 88 genera. Detailed
descriptions, accompanied by color photographs, cover 175 native
species and 75 that were introduced.
photographic scans of pressed field samples show detailed
characteristics necessary for identification. Included for each species
are common and scientific names and their importance to livestock,
wildlife, and man. Detailed keys are provided for the genera and
Although the guide covers grasses that occur in a
31-county area, the extensive ranges of many represented species also
South Texas a useful
reference for other areas of the
state, the American Southwest and the Great Plains, and northern Mexico.
Grasses of South Texas
Guide to Identification and Value
by James H. Everitt, D. Lynn Drawe, Christopher R. Little and Robert I.
Texas Tech University Press, 2011