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I am looking for books on plants in the southern US Texas. I am looking for a good edible and non edible plant guide. I also would like a good book that has to do with alternate uses for plants such as medicinal or other uses like fish poison. Preferably I would like books that contain accurate representation and/or photographs of the plants, their growing seasons and region boundary map.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I bought both the recommended books. What do you think about this book, The Forager's Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants?
 

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Thanks for the suggestions. I bought both the recommended books. What do you think about this book, The Forager's Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants?
Where did you find them at?? did you buy them locally or did you order them online??
 

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I am looking for books on plants in the southern US Texas. I am looking for a good edible and non edible plant guide. I also would like a good book that has to do with alternate uses for plants such as medicinal or other uses like fish poison. Preferably I would like books that contain accurate representation and/or photographs of the plants, their growing seasons and region boundary map.

Thanks for the help.
Go to the downloads section of this site - http://www.survivalistboards.com/downloads.php

Its at the top right hand corner under "Survival Files".

Then go into the wilderness survival files section - http://www.survivalistboards.com/downloads.php?do=cat&id=13

http://www.survivalistboards.com/downloads.php?do=file&id=790

http://www.survivalistboards.com/downloads.php?do=file&id=786

http://www.survivalistboards.com/downloads.php?do=file&id=718

http://www.survivalistboards.com/downloads.php?do=file&id=90

http://www.survivalistboards.com/downloads.php?do=file&id=91

http://www.survivalistboards.com/downloads.php?do=file&id=92

http://www.survivalistboards.com/downloads.php?do=file&id=93

http://www.survivalistboards.com/downloads.php?do=file&id=95

http://www.survivalistboards.com/downloads.php?do=file&id=96

http://www.survivalistboards.com/downloads.php?do=file&id=97

http://www.survivalistboards.com/downloads.php?do=file&id=98

That should get you started.
 

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Okay, I finally received both these books, "Guide to Wild Foods and Useful Plants" & "Edible and Useful Plants of Texas and the Southwest". After a quick review of both of them, I would have to say that they both have a great deal of useful information, but I was very disappointed in their structure and layout.

The Guide to Wild Foods and Useful Plants has the more straightforward summarized information format I was looking, but the B&W photos are extremely dark and in most cases useless to be used to accurately distinguish a plant in the wild. It also does not have distribution map and gives only a vague description where the plant grows.

Edible and Useful Plants of Texas and the Southwest is a great study guide but is slightly smaller then a college text book. It covers an enormous amount of different plants, but provides only rough pencil sketches and a few color photos (in a separate section). Like the Guide to Wild Foods and Useful Plants, this book also does not have distribution maps and gives a vague idea of where the plants grow.

Both books contain a lot of good information for class room or casual at home study, but neither are organized for quick reference in the field surviving. I will study both of these books and try to store their information in my brain, but I am still looking for a better organized book. I will start another thread on this subject, since I will be adding different criteria then I originally posted in this thread.
 

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You want a book that does not exist and would be too expensive to make. Photos are not the best way to ID plants, and the line drawings may seem simple but they tell you the key important points too look for. The value of the books you have is they tell you the plants that are useful in your area. That is a huge advantage. Still, the best way is to have the knowledge in your head. Join the Native Plant Society, $25 a year or so. They do a couple of things a month. You get to go into the woods with their edible plant expert, and learn what your local plant really looks like. It is by far the quickest and cheapest way to learn local edibles.

Here's what I do with my private students and I charge $50 an hour. I tell them to pick out a piece of property, preferably one with dry and wet areas. Then we walk though it and I ID the edibles, mark them if allowed, and do a simple video of the entire thing so they can go back, find the plant, and study it.
 
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