AbstractThe texture development during isochronal annealing at 250, 300 and 350 °C for 30 min of a hot rolled Mg AZ31 sheet produced by twin-roll casting was studied in this work. It was found that the rolling texture shows some features that resemble the textures that develop in rolled Mg alloys with rare earth additions. During further heat treatment, special attention was given to the deformation and recrystallization mechanisms, and grain growth that control the texture development. It was found that at 250 and 300 °C extended recovery and discontinuous recrystallization influence the texture by generating strain free grains with off- basal orientation. Conversely, during annealing at 350 °C growth of grains with their c-axis close to the (0001) leads to the formation of the well-known basal type texture.