From the swamps, ponds, bogs, and meadows of East Texas to the canyons of the Edwards Plateau and the mountains of the Trans-Pecos, Texas hosts a surprising number of native orchids - 52 species and 2 varieties.
Though smaller and less conspicuous than many tropical species, the wild orchids of Texas have an exquisite beauty that endears them to everyone - from wildflower lovers to professional botanists and conservationists.
This beautifully illustrated book presents all 54 wild orchids of Texas. The species descriptions that accompany Joe Liggio's 87 colour photos discuss the plant's flowers & flowering time, pollinators, typical habitats and locations (also shown by map), including its distribution within and beyond Texas. The species are grouped by genus and also listed by flowering colour, county and habitat.
In addition, there is a general natural history of Texas orchids that discusses topics such as pollination and reproduction, special growing requirements, and threats to orchids from loss of habitat and careless collecting. They also describe the many orchid habitats in Texas and the species that grow in each.
This wide variety of information, never before been collected in one volume for a general readership, makes this book the essential guide to Texas' wild orchids.