Welcome to the
Pineywoods Plants Digital Gallery! (Version 17.10)
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 fifteen
years of photographic field excursions, currently contains 9849 photographs representing 1266 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
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
Currently one may browse by
botanical family names within each of the major groups of plants.
"Browse the Gallery" link.
The gallery aims to connect
students, laymen, and professionals with the plants that are the
foundation of both the ecosystems and economy of east Texas.
- This website works well with Mozilla Firefox. Some
features may not be available with MS IExplorer. Google Chrome and Chromium web
browser also work well but haven't been tested as much as Firefox.
October 2017, Version 17.10 (2002-2017). After going 'dark' following
the loss of our server 'src.sfasu.edu' we are back with the 15th
Aniversary Edition of Pineywoods Plants! Please update links &
bookmarks to the new
address as it is uncertain how long the redirect will last. For this
edition we've added 670
new images including 18 new species. We also now have a Mirror and no longer depend on just one server!
- 20 February 2016: Version
a net (after culls) of 709 new images taken in 2014 2015, and
2016. Corrected errors, and rearranged the monocot families to follow
the APG III system.
- 10 April 2014: Version 14.04. A minor update
with several corrections and the net addition 262 images.
- 29 September 2013: Version 13.09. A major
update for the bryophyte glleries thanks in large part to the
contributions of Kiel Kiel Kietlinski. Also added and
culled vascular plant images for a gain of 1,460 images, including 278
new bryophyte photos. species native or naturalized to the Texas
- 31 August 2012: Version 12.08. Tenth
Aniversary Edition! I'ts hard to believe that Pineywoods Plants
is 10 years old. With this update we corrected several errors and added
and culled images for a net gain of 1336. The gallery now stands at 6,374
images representing 1,167 vascular plant species and 42 bryophyte taxa
native or naturalized to the Texas Pineywoods.
- 13 October 2010: Version 10.10. The collection now
largely follows the APG system for circumscription of the families. 43
new images were added including several new species.
- 08 June 2010: Version 10.06. The galleries have been
redesigned and we added 974 new images and culled 275. There are
now 5,036 pictures.
- 14 May 2008: A new web
showing local forest ecosystem types of the Pineywoods was added. See
the links above.
- 01 April 2008: Version 8.04
is here! More than 1 year of "shooting" has allowed us to add and cull
for a net gain of 807 images and a total of 4,337. The excellent thesis
work of Melia Huston has enabled the addition of 208 images of mosses,
liverworts and hornworts. We changed the gallery name to reflect the
inclusion of these non-vascular plants!
- 07 December 2006: We both
added and culled images resulting in a net gain of 423 photographs.
Spelling and taxonomic errors were corrected. Two small galleries of plants from the
Texas coast and
the Trans-Pecos region
of west Texas were launched.
- 25 April 2006: The gallery
now includes 3107 images representing nearly half of the native and
naturalized species of the pineywoods.
- 30 April 2004: We added new
photos and removed low-quality ones. There are now more than 2,500
images. One can now browse large or small images.
- July 13 2003: We now have
nearly 2,000 photos!
- January 15 2002: The
Pineywoods Vascular Plant gallery was launched! Currently we have about
900 images and will be adding more soon.