April 5, 2011

Frontera Audubon

Frontera Audubon to host book signing with native plant experts Ken King and Al Richardson

Weslaco, TX—Wildflowers, woody and broad leaved plants, ferns, and algae are profiled and pictured in one place, some for the first time, in Ken King and Al Richardson’s user friendly field guide, Plants of Deep South Texas: A Field Guide to the Woody and Flowering Species. Covering the almost three million acres of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, the book is an essential reference for nature enthusiasts, farmers and ranchers, professional botanists, and anyone interested in the plant life of Texas.

Ken King and Al Richardson will present Plants of Deep South Texas, at Frontera Audubon Society at 1101 S. Texas Blvd. in Weslaco on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 1 p.m.

“Frontera has relied heavily on Ken King’s expertise over the years,” Frontera Audubon Board President Jim Chapman said. “He has been a vital part of our organization’s existence, providing his vast knowledge of native plants to enhance our habitat.”

Richardson and King’s book features 800-plus species and is considered the ultimate plant identification guide for the region, with its abundant photographs and short descriptions of plants that grow naturally in Cameron, Hidalgo, Willacy and Starr counties.

Plants of Deep South Texas opens with a brief introduction to the region and an illustrated guide to leaf shapes and flower parts. The book’s individual species accounts cover the following: Leaves, Flowers, Fruit, Blooming period, Distribution, Habits, Common and scientific names.

Plants of Deep South Texas is an indispensable resource, and it’s a real treat to have the authors discuss their expertise on the subject,” Chapman said.

Alfred Richardson is professor emeritus of biological sciences at the University of Texas at Brownsville. In 2005, Richardson received the Charles Leonard Weddle Award from the Native Plant Society of Texas for Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Texas Native Plants. His PhD is from the University of Texas at Austin.

Ken King received his B.S. at Texas  A & M University. While pursuing his M.S. at Pan American University with emphasis on herpetology, he became familiar with the local native plants and is now considered one of the foremost naturalists in South Texas. He serves on the boards of directors for the Native Plant Project and the Valley Nature Center. King resides in Weslaco, Texas.

For more information, call Frontera Audubon Society at 956-968-3275 or email



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