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Spring is Prime Time for Plant ID

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Spring is a time of the year when many land managers are interested in identifying plants for various purposes, including grazing and wildlife habitat management. Spring is when many cool-season plants mature and warm-season plants begin to grow, creating an opportune time to distinguish cool- and warm-season plants. The Noble Research Institute is working on several tools to make plant identification easier for the land manager.

These tools include the Plant Image Gallery (http://www.noble.org/plantimagegallery/) and a series of pictorial guides, the first of which was published recently Grasses of Southern Oklahoma and North Texas: A Pictorial Guide. The next book in the series, a pictorial guide to trees, shrubs and vines, should be completed late this year or early next.

In addition, for those of you familiar with the Plant Image Gallery, we are in the process of developing a user-friendly key/search tool to enhance the search and identification of the plants listed in the Gallery. Portions of this system should be implemented this spring or summer, so watch our Web site or this newsletter for updates.

Grasses of Southern Oklahoma and North Texas: A Pictorial Guide, a reference guide published by the Noble Research Institute, is a handy tool for agricultural producers, managers and students. Full-color photographs of 116 grasses found in south central Oklahoma's vegetational areas (Mixed Grass Eroded Plains, Tallgrass Prairie, Post Oak Blackjack Oak, Oak Hickory Forest, Oak Pine Forest and Bottomland) and north central Texas' vegetational areas (Rolling Plains, Cross Timbers and Prairies, Blackland Prairies and Post Oak Savannah). The plants are organized alphabetically by tribe and scientific name.