A Guide to the Vascular Plants of Florida

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9780813015569: A Guide to the Vascular Plants of Florida

"Wunderlin has accomplished a major feat, writing a guide where the flora of the state is so diverse. . . . An original and highly significant contribution."--Michael O. Moore, University of Georgia

This is the first comprehensive identification manual of the highly diverse flora of Florida, and it will serve as the definitive guide to Florida’s vascular plants for years to come.
 With more than 4,000 kinds of native and nonnative ferns and fern allies, nonflowering seed plants, and flowering seed plants that reproduce outside of cultivation, Florida has the third largest plant diversity of any state in the nation. Some of its plant species are found nowhere else in the world; many of these are endangered. Because of the state's mild climate, many nonnative species--including major pest species--readily become naturalized, contributing nearly one-third of the species of known flora.
 Wunderlin provides a means to identify these plants through a series of taxonomic keys to family, genus, and species. He gives the up-to-date accepted scientific name of each species, the major nomenclatural synonyms, many common names, the general habitat preference, and, for plants not native to Florida, the region of nativity. Long awaited by biologists, conservationists, gardeners, educators, and environmental consultants, Wunderlin’s guide provides for the first time in a single volume a means to identify the abundant and diverse flora of the Sunshine State.


Richard P. Wunderlin, professor of biology at the University of South Florida, is the author of Guide to the Vascular Plants of Central Florida (UPF, 1982) and Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants CD-ROM.

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The definitive guide to more than 4,000 plants found in the Sunshine State

"Wunderlin brings us light-years toward an understanding of what we have and what we had in the state. He also shows us what we stand to lose to exotic species invasion, urbanization, and similar impacts of modern civilization."--Florida Scientist

"Includes paragraphs on scope of the flora, arrangement of taxa, keys, taxonomy and nomenclature, distribution, etc. Identifies exotic species that have become naturalized. . . . An extremely valuable reference."--Economic Botany

"A comprehensive identification manual to the region that has the third largest plant diversity of any state in the nation."--Publishers Weekly

"An invaluable source. . . . Wunderlin’s guide brings together his years of work with the flora of Florida."--Choice

"Has quickly become THE means to key out more than 4,000 taxa of native and non-native ferns, fern allies and seed plants in Florida. . . . Required by serious plant people in the Sunshine State."--Aquaphyte

Expanded and updated, this volume is an indispensable reference to the highly diverse flora of the state. Both popular and comprehensive, this new edition contains updated nomenclature and the inclusion of more than 100 additional species, making it the most inclusive identification manual to the more than 4,200 taxa native to or naturalized in Florida.

 

About the Author:

Richard P. Wunderlin is professor of biology at the University of South Florida. Bruce F. Hansen is curator of the University of South Florida Herbarium. Together they are coauthors of Flora of Florida, Volume I and the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants website.

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