This handy handbook, which can be used independently or as a companion to The Trees of Florida and The Shrubs and Woody Vines of Florida, makes it possible to easily identify all of Florida's native and naturalized woody plants. The text is formatted as a traditional botanical key, offering a series of either/or decisions leading to the precise identification of a plant in hand. Designed primarily for field use and targeted to both amateurs and professionals, the keys are clear, concise, non-technical, and rely on conspicuous and easily seen features with emphasis on characteristics that are observable year-round. An important addition to any plant lovers field gear.
Gil Nelson has spent many years exploring, teaching, and writing about Florida's natural communities. He is the author of twelve books and regularly writes for a number of magazines on natural history, ecology, outdoor recreation, and native plant gardening. He is a research associate in botany at the Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium at Florida State University, where he coordinated the Deep South Plant Specimen Imaging project, a National Science Foundation initiative, and is a Beadle Fellow at Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy, where he assists in curating, databasing, and imaging the botanical collection. He lives in the community of Beachton, Georgia, with his wife Brenda. " In addition to Trees of Florida, he has written Shrubs and Woody Vines of Florida and Ferns of Florida for Pineapple Press.