Contact with Dr. David Diamond of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department produced a draft manuscript under development by TPWD Botanists, especially Mr. Bill Carr. Both individuals are - unfortunately - no longer employed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. However, the 'Texas Endemics' system under development here uses the TPWD working document as a foundation that can be further developed by vouchered county records as well as on-line interactions among taxonomic specialists and herbarium data providers. All input activities of this system are open and accessible, as part of a tracked data stream, to all with an interest in Texas biodiveristy.
The TPWD document included an introduction, a listing of taxa no longer considered to be endemic, and a bibliography. Its tabular listing of Texas endemic taxa was converted to form a base data set that will evolve via on-line annotations available through this system.