decorated boards, 783 pp., $44.95
This newly expanded volume on the vascular plants of Florida covers more than 4,200 taxa that are indigenous or naturalized nonnatives. This classic reference includes more than 100 new taxa, the result of continuing fieldwork. For easy identification and to avoid controversy over relationships, this work is divided by key characteristics into four sections and within each section, alphabetically by families. The authors note that “taxonomic interpretations are those generally in accord with the recent literature.” Following the scientific name, the authors list a common name in general use in Florida. Habitat preferences, plant distribution, reproductive season, and endemic or exotic status, as well as known hybrids, are additional keys in descriptions. A handy map of Florida divided into counties, as well as an index to families, provide further assistance in scientific sleuthing.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden