Welcome to the Pineywoods Plants Digital Gallery! (Version 18.09)
"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
Kisatchie National Forest (Louisiana),
National Forests & Grasslands of Texas,
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.
gallery, a product of more than fifteen
years of photographic excursions, currently contains 1,1271
photographs representing 1304 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
plant family circumscriptions follow the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group
(APG IV) system (APG 1998, 2003, 2009, 2016). Flowering plant species
nomenclature largely follows the Flora
of North America (FNA 1993+) series where possible and
for groups not yet published in FNA. Fern and lycophyte nomenclature
and family circumscriptions follow Diggs and Lipscombe (2014).
Gymnosperm nomenclature follows Diggs et al. (2006). 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,
Google Chrome and Chromium.
Some features may not be available with MS IExplorer.
September 2018: Version 18.09. Major update: With the addition of 1,757 images including 42 new taxa -the most added
to the collection at any one time- the gallery now has
11,271 photos and many species are represented by more than 10 images.
Fern family circumscriptions & species nomenclature now follow "The
Ferns & Lycophytes of Texas" (Diggs & Lipscombe 2014). We also fixed html errors,
improved behavior when resizing windows, and refreshed the color scheme.
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
16.02. Added 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 Kietlinski. Also added and
culled vascular plant images for a gain of 1,460 images, including 278
new bryophyte photos.
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
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 provided 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.