Recommended Reading

The following list of books on Florida plants and ecosystems is not exhaustive, but forms an excellent basis for understanding, especially for those new to the subject.

Atlas of Florida's Natural Heritage – Biodiversity, Landscapes, Stewardship, and Opportunities.. Knight, G.R., J.B. Oetting, and L. Cross, eds. 011. Tallahassee: Institute of Science and Public Affairs, Florida State University. ISBN 978-0-9606708-6-4 (paperback) or ISBN 978-0-9606708-5-7 (hardcover) (order here)

 

Best Native Plants for Southern Gardens: A Handbook for Gardeners, Homeowners, and Professionals. 2010. Gil Nelson. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. ISBN 978-0-8130-3458-4

Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, Updated and Expanded. Douglas W. Tallamy. 2009. Timber Press. ISBN 978-0881929928.

Butterfly Gardening with Florida's Native Plants. Craig N. Huegel. 1998. Orlando: Florida Native Plant Society. ISBN 1885258011.
 

Coastal Dune Plants: The Common Plants of Southeast Florida's Ocean-side Communities. Daniel . Austin, Penelope Honychurch, and Steve Bass. 1991. Boca Raton: Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. No ISBN.

Coastal Hammock and Mangrove Guide. Daniel Austin, Penelope Honychurch, and Steve Bass. 1983. Boca Raton: Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. No ISBN.

Common Grasses of Florida and the Southeast. Lewis Yarlett. 1996. Orlando: Florida Native Plant Society. ISBN 1885258054.
 

Ecosystems of Florida.  Ronald L Myers and John J. Ewel, editors. 1990. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. ISBN 0813010225.

Everglades Wildflowers: A Field Guide to Wildflowers of the Historic Everglades, Including Big Cypress, Corkscrew, and Fakahatchee Swamps.Roger L. Hammer. 2002. Guilford, CT: Falcon Press Publishing. ISBN 0762710896.
 

The Ferns of Florida: A Reference and Field Guide. Gil Nelson. 2000. Sarasota: Pineapple Press. ISBN 1561641979.

Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Florida. Linda G. Chafin. 2004. Tallahassee: Florida Natural Areas Inventory. ISBN 096067084X.

Flatwoods Plant Guide. Daniel F. Austin, Penelope Honychurch, and Steve Bass. 2002. Boca Raton: Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. No ISBN.

Flora of Tropical Florida: A Manual of the Seed Plants and Ferns of Southern Peninsular Florida. R. W. Long, and O. Lakela. 1971. Coral Gables: University of Miami Press. ISBN 0870242016. (out of print)

Florida Butterfly Caterpillars and Their Host Plants. Marc C. Minno, Jerry F. Butler, and Donald W. Hall. 2005. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. ISBN 0813027896.

Florida Butterfly Gardening: A Complete Guide to Attracting, Identifying, and Enjoying Butterflies. Mark C. Minno and Maria Minno. 1999. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. ISBN 0813016657.

Florida Ethnobotany. Daniel F. Austin. 2004. Boca Raton: CRC Press. ISBN 0849323320.

Florida Freshwater Plants: A Handbook of Common Aquatic Plants in Florida Lakes. Karen Brown, Mark V. Moyer, and Daniel E. Canfield. 1996. Tallahassee: Florida Department of Environmental Protection and University of Florida. ISBN 091628719X. (available from UF/IFAS)

Florida Keys Wildflowers: A Field Guide to the Wildflowers, Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Florida Keys. Roger L. Hammer. 2004. Guilford, CT: Falcon Press Publishing. ISBN 0762725699.

Florida Landscape Plants: Native and Exotic. James V. Watkins, Thomas J. Sheehan and Robert J. Black. 2005 (revised edition). Gainesville: University Press of Florida. ISBN 0813028388.

Florida, My Eden. Frederic B. Stresau. 1986. Port Salerno, FL: Florida Classics Library. ISBN 091245119X.

Florida Wild Flowers and Roadside Plants. C. Ritchie Bell and Bryan J. Taylor. 1982. Chapel Hill, NC: Laurel Hill Press. ISBN 090688801.

Florida Wildflowers in Their Natural Communities. Walter K. Taylor. 1998. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. ISBN 0813016169.

Florida's Best Fruiting Plants: Native and Exotic Trees, Shrubs, and Vines. Charles R. Boning. Gainesville: Univ. Press of Florida. 2006. ISBN 978-1561643721.

Florida's Best Native Landscape Plants: 200 Readily Available Species for Homeowners and Professionals. Gil Nelson. 2003. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. ISBN 081302644X.

Florida's Incredible Wild Edibles. Richard Deuerling and Peggy Lantz. 1993. Orlando: Florida Native Plant Society. ISBN 188525802X.

Florida's Living Beaches: A Guide for the Curious Beachcomber. Dawn and Blair Witherington. Sarasota: Pineapple Press. 2007. ISBN 978-1561643868.

Florida Wetland Plants: An Identification Manual. John D. Tobe (editor). Florida Department of Environmental Protection and University of Florida. 1998. Tallahassee: Florida Department of Environmental Protection and University of Florida. ISBN 0916287270.

Flowering Plants of Florida: A Guide to Common Families. Wendy B. Zomlefer. 1989. Gainesville: Biological Illustrations, Inc. ISBN 0932353126. (out of print)

Forest Trees of Florida. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Forestry. 2004 (19th edition). Tallahassee: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. ISBN unknown. (Available from Florida Division of Forestry)
 

A Gardener's Guide to Florida's Native Plants. Rufino Osorio. 2001. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. ISBN 0813018528. OUT OF PRINT

Gardening for Florida's Butterflies. Pamela F. Traas. 2000 (2nd edition). St. Petersburg: Great Outdoors Publishing Co. ISBN 0820004200.

Grafting, Budding, Cutting, Layering & Other Ways of Propagating Fruit Plants in Florida. 1995. Gainesville: Institute of Food & Agricultural Science. ISBN 0916287092.

Growing Native: Native Plants for Landscape Use in Coastal South Florida..Richard W. Workman. 1980. Sanibel: Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. No ISBN. OUT OF PRINT

A Guide to Florida Grasses. Walter Kingsley Taylor. 2009. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. ISBN 978-0-8130-3319-8

The Guide to Florida Wildflowers. Walter Kingsley Taylor. 1992. Dallas, TX: Taylor Trade Publishing. ISBN 0878337474.

Guide to the Vascular Plants of Florida. Richard P. Wunderlin and Bruce F. Hansen. 2011 (Third Edition). Gainesville: University Press of Florida. ISBN 978-0813035437.

Guide to the Vascular Plants of the Florida Panhandle. A. F. Clewell. 1985. Tallahassee: University Press of Florida. ISBN 0813007798.
 

Healing Plants: Medicine of the Florida Seminole Indians . A. M. Snow and S. E. Stans. 2001. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. ISBN 081302062X.
 

Identification and Biology of Non-Native Plants in Florida's Natural Areas. Karen A. Langeland and Kathy Craddock Burks, editors. 1999. Gainesville: Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Publications, University of Florida. 

Illustrated Plants of Florida and the Coastal Plain. David W. Hall and Edward H. Stehman. 1993. Gainesville: Maupin House. ISBN 0929895401. (out of print)
 

Landscaping for Florida's Wildlife: Re-creating Native Ecosystems in Your Yard. Joseph M. Schaefer and George W. Tanner. 1998. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. ISBN 0813015715.
 

Mangroves: Trees in the Sea. Jerry Greenberg, Idaz Greenberg, and Michael Greenberg. 2000. Miami: Seahawk Press. ISBN 0913008273.
 

National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida. National Audubon Society, Peter Alden, and Rick Cech. 1998. Knopf. ISBN 978-0679446774.

Native Bromeliads of Florida. Harry Luther and David Benzing. 2009. Sarasota: Pineapple Press. ISBN 978-1-5616-4448-3

Native Florida Plants: Low Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening. Robert G. Haehle and Joan Brookwell. 2004 (revised edition). Taylor Trade Publishing. ISBN 1589790510.

The Native Orchids of Florida. Carl Luer. 1972. New York: New York Botanical Garden. ISBN 0893270148. (out of print)

Native Plant Landscaping for Florida Wildlife. Craig N. Huegel. 2010. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. ISBN 978-0-8130-3494-2

Native Trees and Shrubs of the Florida Keys. J. Paul Scurlock. 1987. Bethel Park, PA: Laurel Press. ISBN 0961915528. (out of print)

Native Trees of Florida. Erdman West and Lillian E. Arnold. 1956. Gainesville: University of Florida Press. No ISBN. (Out of print)

Native Trees of South Florida: Including Everglades and Biscayne National Parks, Big Cypress National Preserve and the Florida Keys. R. Seavey and J. Seavey. 2005. Homestead: Seavey Field Guides. ISBN 1892772094.

Natural Florida Landscaping. Dan Walton and Laurel Schiller. 2007. Sarasota: Pineapple Press. 2007. ISBN 978-1561643882

Notes on Florida's Endangered and Threatened Plants. Nancy Coile. 2000. Tallahassee: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry. No ISBN. (4th edition, 2003, available online here)
 

Plants of Central Florida. Henry Conrad. 1969. Lake Wales, FL: Ridge Audubon Society. No ISBN. (out of print)

Poisonous Plants and Animals of Florida and the Caribbean. David W. Nellis. 1997. Sarasota: Pineapple Press. ISBN 1561641138.

Priceless Florida: Natural Ecosystems and Native Species. Ellie Whitney, Bruce Means and Anne Rudloe. 2005. Sarasota: Pineapple Press. ISBN 978-1561643080.
 

Rare and Endangered Biota of Florida: Vol. 5: Plants. Daniel Ward (editor). 1979. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. (out of print)

Rare Plants of South Florida: Their History, Conservation and Restoration.George D. Gann, Keith A. Bradley & Steve W. Woodmansee. 2002. Miami: Institute for Regional Conservation. ISBN 0970498705. (out of print, but excerpts are available here)

The Right Plants for Dry Places. Suncoast Native Plant Society. 2005 (2nd edition). St. Petersburg: Great Outdoors Publ. Co. ISBN 0820004235.
 

Scrub Plant Guide. Daniel F. Austin, Penelope Honychurch, and Steve Bass. 1993. Boca Raton: Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. No ISBN.

Seashore Plants of South Florida and the Caribbean: A Guide to Identification and Propagation of Xeriscape Plants. David W. Nellis. 1994. Sarasota, FL: Pineapple Press. ISBN 1561640263.

The Shrubs and Woody Vines of Florida: A Reference and Field Guide. Gil Nelson. 1996. Sarasota: Pineapple Press. ISBN 1561641103.

The Smithsonian Guide to Seaside Plants of the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts: from Louisiana to Massachusetts, Exclusive of Lower Peninsular Florida. W. H. Duncan and M. B. Duncan. 1987. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institute Press. ISBN 0874743877.

Sustainable Gardening for Florida, Ginny Stibolt. 2009. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. ISBN 978-0-8130-3392-1
 

Trees of Central Florida. O. Lakela and Richard P. Wunderlin. 1980. Miami: Banyan Books. ISBN 0916224511. (out of print)

The Trees of Florida: A Reference and Field Guide (Reference and Field Guides). Gil Nelson. 1998. Sarasota: Pineapple Press. ISBN 1561640557.

Trees of Northern Florida. H. Kurz. 1980. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida. ISBN 081300666X.

Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of Northern Florida and Adjacent Georgia and Alabama. R. K. Godfrey. 1989. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press. ISBN 0820310352.
 

Wild Love Affair: Essence of Florida's Native Orchids. Connie Bransilver. 2004. Englewood, CO: Westcliffe Publishers. ISBN 1565795016.

Wild Orchids of Florida: With References to the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plains. Paul Martin Brown. 2006 (revised edition). Gainesville: University Press of Florida. ISBN 0813029333.

Wild Orchids of the Southeastern United States, North of Peninsular Florida. Paul Martin Brown. 2004. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. ISBN 0813027497.

Wildflowers, South Florida Natives: Identification and Habitat of Indigenous Tropical Flora. A. A. Schuyler. 1982. Boca Raton: FACTS. ISBN 0910991006.OUT OF PRINT
 

The Young Naturalist's Guide to Florida. Peggy Lantz and Wendy Hale. 2nd Edition, 2006. Sarasota: Pineapple Press. ISBN 978-1-5616-4377-6.
 

Xeric Landscaping with Florida Native Plants. Michael Jameson and Richard Moyroud, editors. 1991. San Antonio, FL: Association of Florida Native Nurseries. No ISBN. OUT OF PRINT

Published on  03.11.2018