By Doyle McCoy
3 of the good actual areas of the U.S. expand into or throughout Oklahoma, and this various geography offers habitats for a range of indigenous bushes and shrubs. Doyle McCoy has visited each Oklahoma county - from the excessive Plains of the northwestern Panhandle round Black Mesa with its scattering of Juniper-Pinion plants, during the thickets of publish and Blackjack Oaks within the rolling inside Plains of the imperative component to the nation, and to the Oak-Pine and Loblolly Pine forests of the pink River (Gulf Coastal) Plains of southeastern McCurtain County - to photo its extra commonly allotted types. this primary renowned consultant to Oklahoma's bushes and shrubs comes in handy to young and old alike. It offers 156 very good colour plates which are effortless and constant publications to plant id and short nontechnical descriptions. Botanical phrases are outlined within the word list, delivering cyclists and hikers, university or scout teams, and weekend naturalists a greater acquaintance with the technological know-how of vegetation. the writer supplies either the medical and the typical names of timber and shrubs local to Oklahoma and tells the novice botanist the place to discover them. it's a pocketbook schooling no longer simply to be had in different places.
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The flowers and fruits (grains) are borne in terminal racemes or simple panicles. These woody grasses spread from creeping rhizomes and thrive in low grounds or shallow waters of lakes and swamps in a few of Oklahoma's southeastern counties. Page 8 PALMETTO Sabal minor Palm Family Palmaceae COMMON GREENBRIER Smilax Bona-nox Lily Family Liliaceae WHITE POPLAR Populus alba Willow Family Salicaceae Page 9 Palmetto These small shrubs are also known as Blue-stemmed Palmetto. They are dwarf palms with creeping, underground stems.
These plants grow in dry habitats of only a few of Oklahoma's northwestern counties. Water Oak These trees are also known as Possum Oak and Swamp Oak. They reach a height of 5080 feet and a trunk diameter of 24 feet. The crowns are broadly rounded. They typically inhabit low bottomlands, where they are very popular as shade trees for homes or meadow pastures. The leaves are simple, alternate, and quite variable in size and shape, even on the same tree. They are typically 24 inches long, 12 inches wide, and obovate with fairly even margins except near the apex, where there may be three small lobes.
Method of Preparation I have made periodic visits to every Oklahoma county to photograph trees and shrubs. This has required much time Page xii and considerable study, but it has been a rewarding experience. Even though I have been a plantlife enthusiast and a trained botanist for many years, I have always found a few surprises on these visits. The education has been rewarding for me. It is exciting to share some of my knowledge and appreciation of these plants with others who are interested. The photographs were made with a 35-mm camera equipped with a close-up lens.
Roadside Trees and Shrubs of Oklahoma by Doyle McCoy