In more than 100 years of orchid research in Florida, Wild Orchids of Florida is the first field guide to be published for this orchid-rich state. Providing more than 400 colour photos as well as line drawings by Stan Folsom, distribution maps, and detailed descriptions of each species, this guide should enable even the novice to easily identify any of the orchids found growing in the wild. Illustrated keys are provided to aid in identification. Each of the 117 species and varieties has a full page of text, a line drawing, and distribution map with a facing page of full-colour photographs. Species deemed as naturalized, escaped, or waifs are also treated. Brown also resolves several sources of confusion regarding the naming and location of plants. A chapter on synonyms and misapplied names addresses the problem of multiple names for a single species and is unique among field guides. A section on the changing Florida county lines and their dates makes for a better understanding of the geography of Florida. The book provides a checklist and list of current literature references along witha cross-reference for synonymic, new, and misapplied names keyed on a page-by-page basis to Luer's 1972 Native Orchids of Florida.
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Paul Martin Brown is a research associate at the University of Florida Herbarium, Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville. He is the author of several books about native orchids, including Wild Orchids of Florida (UPF), The Wild Orchids of North America, North of Mexico (UPF), and Wild Orchids of the Southeastern United States, North of Peninsular Florida (UPF), and the founder and editor of the North American Native Orchid Journal. Stan Folsom is a watercolorist and botanical illustrator whose work appears in Wild Orchids of Florida, The Wild Orchids of North America, North of Mexico, and Wild Orchids of the Southeastern United States, North of Peninsular Florida.