Texas Plant Information Database

cactus and bluebonnetsThe Texas Plant Information Database (TPID) was developed to allow the retrieval of extensive plant information in response to user- specified resource management applications and needs associated with landscape design, plant community restoration and enhancement, development of wildlife habitat, and erosion control. The database contains plant attribute description data for over 330 native and naturalized plants. The database is structured to allow the user the opportunity to query and select best-suited plant species based on specific site characteristics and management objectives, which could vary from individual yard plantings to the restoration or enhancement of plant communities on large acreage tracts.

The database generates a list of candidate plants that meet one or more of the following screening criteria:

1) location of the project (county, ecological region of Texas, general area, or specified latitude-longitude coordinates);

2) physical form (grass, forb, sedge, rush, succulent, shrub, tree, or vine);

3) topographic tolerance (upland, bottomland, wetland, aquatic, or unknown);

4) site tolerance (obligate wetland, facultative wetland, facultative, facultative upland, obligate upland, or unknown);

5) pH tolerance (highly acidic, slightly acidic, neutral, slightly alkaline, highly alkaline, or unknown);

6) soil depth tolerance (very deep soil [greater than 36 inches], shallow soils [0-12 inches], wide range of soil depths, unknown); and

7) food source for wildlife and/or livestock (small mammals, large mammals, upland game birds, waterfowl, non-game birds, cattle, sheep, goats, horses)

Each plant generated on the candidate list also includes an erosion index and wildlife index calculated from other plant attribute data to allow comparison with erosion and wildlife values of other plants in the database.

The database also includes an option for printing out all attribute information documented for the plant including a citation of referenced literature.

The database has been used by state agency natural resource managers and Hicks & Company ecologists to help identify appropriate plants for erosion control, stream restoration, and wildlife habitat mitigation planning to ensure state and federal environmental regulatory compliance. Hicks & Company now makes this user-friendly database accessible to anyone interested in natural resource management, habitat restoration, erosion control, or landscape design. Click here to access this useful tool.