Florida Wildflowers in Their Natural Communities

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"This is the first photographic identification guide to have an extensive discussion of plant communities and to organize plants by plant community . . . of interest to anyone desiring to identify Florida flowering plants—individuals who enjoy the outdoors, amateur naturalists, teachers, students, and professional biologists."—Walter Judd, University of Florida

Walter Taylor's guide will help readers recognize and identify wildflowers in a different way, not principally by their color or family group, but by ...

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Overview

"This is the first photographic identification guide to have an extensive discussion of plant communities and to organize plants by plant community . . . of interest to anyone desiring to identify Florida flowering plants—individuals who enjoy the outdoors, amateur naturalists, teachers, students, and professional biologists."—Walter Judd, University of Florida

Walter Taylor's guide will help readers recognize and identify wildflowers in a different way, not principally by their color or family group, but by where they’re most likely to be found growing—their natural habitat. This book is the first of its kind for Florida.

 Taylor provides detailed descriptions and color photos of each community—pine flatwoods, sandhills, upland pine forest, scrub, temperate hardwood forest, coastal uplands, subtropical pine forest, tropical hardwood hammock, and ruderal sites—and of the wildflower species associated with each. For each flower, he provides the scientific and common names, a brief description, flowering time, habitats, geographical range, color photo, and miscellaneous comments. While most of the flowers are herbaceous, Taylor also includes characteristic woody types. He makes special mention of endangered or threatened species and species of special concern. The guide includes a number of limited-distributed species that have never been published in a book of this type.

 With individual photos (taken in the field) of more than 450 wildflower species, the most accurate range information available, and organization by ecological community, Taylor's guide aids not only in wildflower identification, but also in appreciation of the Florida landscapes that support them. By linking flowers with their natural habitats, it highlights the need to protect these ecologically unique communities to ensure survival of the wildflowers themselves. In addition, it offers a new resource for gardeners interested in planting native species.

Walter Kingsley Taylor is professor of biology at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, and the author of The Guide to Florida Wildflowers. He has lived in Florida for thirty years.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813016160
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,184,709
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2000

    Wonderful Wildflowers

    Dr. Walter Kingsley Taylor, author of The Field Guide to Florida Wildflowers, has a new book to aid us in plant identification. Florida Wildflowers in Their Natural Communities will be a classic text for years to come. It is organized by habitat types: Pine Flatwoods, Sandhills, Clayhills, Scrubs, Temperate Hardwoods Forests, Coastal Uplands, Rockland Pinelands, Rockland Hardwood Hammocks, and Ruderal (disturbed) Sites. Taylor features two plant photos and their text per page. He uses the least observed specimen for his visual images, then describes in the comment section the other , more familiar species of the genus with handy I.D. techniques included. Of particular interest to me are the historical details of the species names that are derived from the names of the botanists that worked in Florida in initial exploration and other historical figures here. Our official state wildflower, Coreopsis leavenworthii was named after a Yale graduated army surgeon who served at Ft. King during the Second Seminole war in 1838. (Coreopsis means bedbug due to seed shape.) This is all new information to me and wonderful details to share with others. Also included in the comment section are: endemic info, uses for food and healing by Florida's indigenous peoples, the latest molecular work to determine family associations and the family placements by other authors, and sometimes the color the plant becomes when dried, which helps with correct identification. (Callicarpa americana or Beautyberry has been classified as a Verbena traditionally, and is now considered to be a Mint.) Everyone will find ease in the use of the index. Botanical and common names are listed in a singular compilation. The range sections in the species layouts are very specific by county. I've not lived any further north in the state than here in Citrus county. I am enjoying the many Panhandle specific species that are featured with photographs and their descriptions. When I manage to plan travel time to go in search of some of 'these beauties' (as Dr. Taylor would say) there is a comprehensive Places to Visit appendix in the back. It is setup first by habitat, then by county, and then lists the specific place and the geographical determinations. I found two Citrus plants in the text that I have not experienced first hand yet: White Colic-root (Aletris obovata) and Scrub Buckwheat (Erigonum longifolium). I don't want to give too much away. Buy the book.

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