Florida Wildflowers in Their Natural Communities by Walter Kingsley TaylorThis 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 Taylors 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, Taylors 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.
Wildflowers in the Garden
Flowering mounds of gray nickerbean are found along the tropical coastal habitats of Florida. A night bloomer that begins to close as daylight arrives, moonflower Ipomoea alba is commonly seen around Lake Okeechobee and throughout the Big Cypress as a draping vine cascading over trees and shrubs. Found along the coast and inland waterways, large bushes that burst into blooms of white puffs in fall are sea myrtle also known as saltbush or groundsel bush , baccharis halimfolia. Apalachicola National Forest. Blackwater River State Forest. Cape San Blas.
In the midst of your September strolls through natural Florida, you may come across this native beauty, the narrowleaf sunflower, Helianthus angustifolius. Another common name is swamp sunflower. I found this gorgeous patch in the photo close to the shore of Apalachicola Bay. It occurs throughout Florida and north throughout much of the eastern United States. Florida is fortunate to be home to over 20 native species of sunflower. This perennial starts blooming in late summer and dazzles admirers throughout autumn.
Photos from the field
Florida Poisonous Plants
Ordering from here will support our website. We spent an hour photographing the magnificent Japanese magnolia Magnolia X soulangeana M. We spotted a Southern magnolia blossoming on the snowy white sand dunes at Grayton Beach, Florida, near Destin in the Panhandle. The magnolia is more adapatable than we thought. In the woods it is tall and gracious, but on the salty dunes, this ancient plant takes on the character of hardy, low and wind-proof vegetation, much like the mangrove. Gil Nelson in The Trees of Florida , Sarasota: The Pineapple Press, explains that the southern magnolia grows "along hammocks, on slopes and ravines, in floodplain woods, and on coastal dunes.
Florida has a number of wildflower species, many of which appear along roadsides, but some work great in the garden. From bright pink phlox to yellow coreopsis, you're bound to find a wildflower that you love. The best time to plant wildflower seeds is during the fall. Plant seeds in areas with few or no weeds, after you've lightly scratched the bare soil with a rake. In grassy areas, mow closely before planting, and remove the clippings. Wherever you plant, broadcast the seed by hand or with a spreader, and rake the soil lightly. You won't need to fertilize your native wildflowers; they're adapted to the low fertility soils of Florida.