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Welcome to the Pineywoods Plants Digital Gallery! (Version 18.10)

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 more than sixteen years of photographic excursions, currently contains 11,431 photographs representing 1316 and 90 native or naturalized vascular plant and bryophyte species respectively. This represents well over half of the total Pineywoods flora. Nearly all species that one likely to encounter during a typical walk in the woods are represented along with most habitat-type indicator species.

Flowering 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 USDA PLANTS 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 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, Google Chrome and Chromium. Some features may not be available with MS IExplorer.

What's New

  • 30 October 2018: Version 18.10. A major update. With a net gain of 1,894 images including 53 new taxa -the most added to the collection at any one time- Pineywoods Plants now has 11,431 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 window behavior and refreshed the color scheme.

  • 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 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 links.
  • 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.


Aletris aurea, Angelina National forest, Texas

Pogonia ophioglossoides, Sabine National Forest, Texas

Winkler Gaillaedia, Roy E. Larson Sandyland Sanctuary, Texas

Dioclea multiflora, Nacogdoches County, Texas

Copyright © 2002-2018 James Van Kley
All vascular plant images copyright
© James Van Kley
Selected bryophyte images copyright
© Melia Huston and Kiel Kietlinski.
Last updated: 09/27/2018.