This 198-page manual is a discussion of the Wetland Delineation Methodology followed by examples of the practical application of the methodology at 19 reference sites located throughout the state. Please note: Hardcopies of the manual are no longer available.
Florida Wetland Plants: An Identification Manual (Out of Print)
This manual is the collaborative effort of 15 botanists from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and other organizations around the state. This publication was made possible by a grant to DEP from the Florida Legislature, with additional funding provided by UF/IFAS. The beauty and diversity of Florida's wetlands are revealed in 588 pages with over 800 color photographs and over 1,000 illustrations, treating over 1,000 plant species that are important in the identification of wetlands in Florida.
This book is color coded into four sections, with 18 pages of ferns, seven pages of gymnosperms (pines), 191 pages of monocotyledons and 363 pages of dicotyledons. Alphabetical arrangement of each section by family and genus along with a glossary of scientific and common names allow easy location of genera. The manual provides descriptions of plants, their habitats and associated plant communities along with their ecological responses within Florida. A distribution map and a vegetative index are also included as is field identification between commonly confused plants. This book is comprehensive enough for the taxonomic needs of field botanists yet with its many beautiful photographs and detailed line drawings is appropriate for amateur plants enthusiasts. This book will become a treasured resource in your library for exploring Florida's rich and unique wetland flora. Please note: The manual is currently not available. This website will be updated with purchasing information once available.
This is a key to the vascular plants in Florida's wetlands. These keys are intended to be used in conjunction with Florida Wetland Plants: An Identification Manual. Published by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Copies of the identification manual can be purchased by contacting your local county extension office or UF/IFAS Publications at 1-800-226-1764.
The content of this guide was compiled by members of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources Coordination Wetland Evaluation and Delineation staff. The express purpose of this document is to provide guidance to regulatory staff in order to maintain consistency in the applied field methodologies for wetland delineation pursuant to Chapter 62-340, F.A.C. The information contained in this guide was garnered from various sources pertinent to the field application of wetland delineation methodology outlined in Chapter 62-340, F.A.C. DEP does not warrant data provided by other sources for accuracy or for any particular use that may require accurate information. This guide is for information purposes only. Also available in large format.
One of the documents mentioned in Rule 62-340, F.A.C., is Soil and Water Relationships of Florida’s Ecological Communities by the Florida’s Soil Survey Staff, USDA-NRCS. With their permission, we have adapted the document for our website.
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