Florida Wild Flowers and Roadside Plants

By C. Ritchie Bell, Bryan J. Taylor

Florida Wild Flowers and Roadside Plants

332 pp., 5.375 x 8.5, 550 color illus., 513 drawings, 503 range maps, 1 table, 1 map, index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9608-6883-4
    Published: February 2007
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-9608-6880-3
    Published: February 2007

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Florida boasts an extremely diverse flora, ranging from tropical species in the south to Appalachian Mountain remnants in the panhandle. Florida Wild Flowers and Roadside Plants is a helpful guide to identifying 500 species of Florida plant life, including rare as well as common wild flowers and characteristic trees, shrubs, vines, and ferns. Each description includes both common and scientific names, a range map, symbols to show the season of bloom, and a useful summary code of nine key plant, leaf, and flower characters, to aid in identification. With rich color photographs and brief, nontechnical notes to accompany each species, this handbook is a valuable reference for tourists, residents, students, and anyone interested in plants in all seasons of the year, from Pensacola to the Keys.

About the Authors

C. Ritchie Bell, founding director of the North Carolina Botanical Garden and professor emeritus of botany at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is author or coauthor of nine books, including Wild Flowers of North Carolina and the Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (both from the University of North Carolina Press).
For more information about C. Ritchie Bell, visit the Author Page.

Bryan J. Taylor is former chief park naturalist of the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation.

For more information about Bryan J. Taylor, visit the Author Page.


“Armchair travelers, students of architecture and those who revel in more than four centuries of history can sit back and enjoy this sumptuous volume."--Chattanooga Times

“A beautiful book, with 500 full-color photographs and a scientific, yet understandable, way of describing exactly what [is] what.”--Fort Myers News Press

“An outstanding advance toward filling the gaps on the flora of Florida, and commendable effort by the authors. . . . Florida Wild Flowers and Roadside Plants is a beautiful cocktail table addition and valuable resource in the library. It will doubtless proceed through edition after edition, each more comprehensive than the last.”--Palmetto

Florida Wild Flowers and Roadside Plants . . . should be welcomed by professional and amateur botanists as well as people who enjoy nature and wish to know only the common names of plants. . . . This book is a good addition by competent authors to the books on Florida’s flowers.”--Fairchild Tropical Garden Bulletin