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Reference List for Florida Wildflower Identification

Site Description
Florida Native Plant SocietyWhile not a "wildflower-identification site" per se, the FNPS site contains a lot of information about plants native to Florida - including wildflowers.
Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants"The Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants is a joint effort by the Institute for Systematic Botany, the University of South Florida and the Florida Center for Community Design + Research to provide users with a comprehensive searchable database of vascular plants in the State of Florida. Florida, with over 4,200 species of native or naturalized ferns and seed plants, is the third most floristically diverse state in the United States. The Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants provides a source of information for the distribution of plants within the state."
Florida's Native Wildflowers - The Florida Wildflower Foundation"The Florida Wildflower Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to enrich lives with Florida's native wildflowers... the Foundation funds research, education and planting projects statewide."

"What you can do on our site:
Find the seeds you need to grow wildflowers that will thrive in your conditions. Seeds produced in Florida for Florida's landscapes will ensure the best results.

Read tips on planting for success.

Once you've got them started, maintaining your wildflowers is simple once you have a plan. We have resources to help you.

Whether you're a home gardener, a landscape architect, a city planner or a land manager, we have information to add a sense of place to your designs.
Wildflowers of the EscambiaPhotographs and varying amounts of information about wildflowers blooming in the Escambia River basin in Alabama and Florida. Thumbnails organized by spring/summer/fall and by color. Published by Darryl Searcy.
Wild Florida Photo Florida Plant ListNature Photographer Paul Rebmann has photos and information about many of Florida's wild plants, most with several excellent photographs and additional information about the plant.
Gallery of Florida Wildflowers, Insects, and Other Creatures Excellent photographs and interesting brief essays on a number of wildflower species found in Florida by Michael E. Abrams.
Kris Light's Website of East Tennessee Wildflowers and Hiking TrailsThis site has as of this writing 715 different East Tennessee wildflowers in the various photo galleries, which can be searched by common name and scientific name. In addition, Kris Light has made wildflower photo/ID trips to Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah, and has additional wildflower photos from those states
2bnTheWild.com Daniel Reed's excellent 2bnthewild Site has photographs, identification information, and other interesting information about wildflowers (and other wildlife subjects) from the Southeastern United States. Since "Southeastern United States" isn't defined I've chosen my own list of states from the perspective that Daniel appears to be located near Memphis.
Southeastern FloraSome very nice esthetically-pleasing identification photographs of a large number of wildflowers. Search criteria includes flower color, plant form (tree/shrub/herb/vine), leaf type, leaf arrangement, and species/common/family name. Note: If you don't know the entire name, use "%" at the end as a wild-card in the search. From the site: "...Currently there are over 1020 species listed on this site and over 14,400 pictures to help you identify what you're looking for..." This is an increase of 90 species in the 2 months between 8/15/09 and 10/15/09.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at AustinPremier native wildflower information site in the United States. "Native Plant Database - Search 7,024 native plant records by traits or names. Image Gallery - Browse through our collection of 23,770 native plant images. Ask Mr. Smarty Plants - Have a question? Mr. Smarty Plants has 3,584 answers. How To Articles - Don't know where to start, try one of our articles."
USDA Plants DatabaseGreat resource for native plants! Their own description: "The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories." Provides these important (to me) pieces of info: 1) Listing by state and county within a state where specific species have been identified. 2) Scientific name synonyms are listed. 3) Scientific names are matched to a widely-used common name. 4) Photographs of many species. 5) State by state list of all the species identified in that state. Official Citation: USDA, NRCS. 2009. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 22 June 2009). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.
Flicker Wildflower Field Guide, North AmericaOver 9,000 Flickr member photos tagged with wfgna. The WFGNA group has good tagging requirements for their excellent photos, so you'll find, in addtion to the photo, the state in which the photo was taken, and at least a common name and the scientific name as identified by the contributor. After you get to the linked page you should add search criteria, including the state name, the color of the plant, or scientific name, to reduce the number of photos. Several states have several hundred photos(California has over 1,500!) so you'll probably want to add color to the search criteria.
WildflowerSearch.comSteven K. Sullivan has done a tremendous job of putting together a database and search engine to help in identifying wild plants. Not only can you search by plant scientific and common names, you can narrow the results using location (currently lower 48 states and parts of Canada and Mexico), flower shape, color, size, habitat, and observation time. His database currently includes over 7,000 plants. Definitely worth checking out.
Item at Amazon: Florida Wild Flowers and Roadside Plants
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Guide to identification of 500 Florida plant species. Uses nine key characteristics of the plant, leaf, and flower to aid identification. The guide is arranged by botanical classification of family, and alphabetically by genus within family.
Item at Amazon: East Gulf Coastal Plain Wildflowers
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"This guide to the common wildflowers found in the Gulf Coastal region of Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Alabama features 300 beautiful color photographs. Detailed plant descriptions and line art aid in plant identification for botanists and novice enthusiasts alike. Each species description is accompanied by a 'Comments' section giving lore about the plant, its uses, or its name. "

Recommended by Twitter friend Beverly Everson.
Wildflower Information.orgFrom the site: "WildflowerInformation.org is a resource for wildflower enthusiasts and gardeners. With a growing interest in the environment and natural gardening, our objective is to offer comprehensive information that is easy to use, and accessible for those from the casually interested to the expert."

While this information doesn't appear to be on the website itself, WildflowerInformation.org seems to be owned by American Meadows, the "recommended wildflowers seed supplier" of WildflowerInformation.org.
Item at Amazon: National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers--E: Eastern Region - Revised Edition
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"...gives full descriptions of more than 650 species found east of the Rocky Mountains, along with notes on several hundred more. The eminently sensible organization relies on first-impression visible characteristics..."
I use this guide frequently, and unless I have a good idea what family a flower is in, this is usually still my first stop. In my opinion, a must-have for beginning wildflower enthusiasts; augments more locale-specific wildflower references.

Looking for Wildflowers for a specific state? Check here:

Number of References for Florida: 17

USWildflowers.com Database

Family Index for 323 Wildflowers of Florida
Thumbnails of 323 Wildflowers of Florida
Prunus americana
White Wildflowers of Florida (142)
Packera glabella
Yellow Wildflowers of Florida (93)
Anemone americana
Red Wildflowers of Florida (111)
Houstonia purpurea
Blue Wildflowers of Florida (48)
Euphorbia mercurialina
Green Wildflowers of Florida (32)
Apios americana
Other Color Wildflowers of Florida (7)

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