Welcome to the Pineywoods Plants Digital Gallery! (Version 16.02)
The "Pineywoods" represent the forested eastern edge of Texas along with the the ecologically-similar forests of adjacent northwestern and central Louisiana. Markedly different from most of Texas, tall stands of pines and broad-leaved deciduous trees cover much of the gently rolling landscape. There is a rich variety of natural habitats: dry sandy upland pine-oak communities, remnants of once-extensive longleaf pine woodlands, pine-deciduous mixed forests, vast "bottomland hardwood" forests on the floodplains of the region's numerous rivers, baldcypress swamps, and much more. The climate is warm and humid; some areas experience as much as 50" (1270 mm) of rainfall a year. Timber, poultry, and ranching are some important local industries and much of the Pineywoods remains relatively free from urbanization. Public lands such as Kisatchie National Forest (Louisiana), the National Forests & Grasslands of Texas, and the Big Thicket National Preserve enable one to easily explore the rich and varied flora which includes more than 2100 species. In this gallery you will find pictures of native and naturalized vascular plants from this fascinating, and to many, little known, part of North America.
The gallery, a product of twelve years of photographic field excursions, currently contains 8,761 photographs representing 1,237 and 90 native and naturalized vascular plant and bryophyte species respectively. This represents well over half of the total Pineywoods flora. Nearly all species that a causal observer is likely to encounter during a typical walk in the woods are represented along with most habitat-type indicator species.
For ferns, lycophytes, and gymnosperms, nomenclature and family circumscriptions follow Volume I of the Illustrated Flora of East Texas (Diggs et al. 2006). For monocots, family circumscriptions follow the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (APG) system (APG 1998, 2003, 2009); the main difference with Diggs et al (2006). being that the Agavaceae and related families are combined into an expanded Asparagaceae. Eudicotyledons families also follow the APG circumscriptions. Species nomenclature largely follows the Flora of North America (FNA 1993+) series where possible and USDA PLANTS Database for groups not yet published in FNA. Bryophyte nomenclature follows the Bryoflora of North America website. Diggs et al. (1999) and Correl and Johnston (1979) were among the many additional sources consulted for taxonomy and species identification.
Austin State University.