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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 indicator species.

For ferns, lycophytes, and gymnosperms, nomenclature and family circumscriptions follow Volume I of the Illustrated Flora of East Texas (Diggs et al. 2006).  Flowering plant family circumscriptions follow the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (APG) system (APG 1998, 2003, 2009, 2016). Flowering plant 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 identification. 

  • Currently one may browse by botanical family names within each of the major groups of plants. Click the "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.

What's New

  • 26 October 2017, Version 17.10 (2002-2017). After going 'dark' following the loss of our server '' 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 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 Pineywoods.
  • 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.


Cyperus plukenetii, Angelina National forest, Texas

Aureolaria pectinata, St. Augustine County, Texas

Amphicarpea bracteata, Nacogdoches, Texas

Chaerophyllum tainturieri, Nacogdoches, Texas

Copyright 2002-2017 James Van Kley
All vascular plant images copyright
James Van Kley
Selected bryophyte images copyright
Melia Huston and Kiel Kietlinski.
Last updated: 10/26/2017.