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DEFINITION OF "NATIVE" STATEWIDE NATIVE NURSERY FINDER FLORIDA STATUTES
NATIVES PLANT LISTS & PHOTOS LOCAL RETAIL NURSERIES FDEP PUBLICATIONS
ORGANIZATIONS EXOTIC PEST PLANTS DUNE SYSTEMS
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"Florida Native Plant" Defined:

• Florida Native Plant Society Article (pdf)

This pdf document contains a reprint from The Palmetto, the quarterly magazine of the Florida Native Plant Society. The 1994 article by David Pais presents the results of a discussion among members of a FNPS subcommittee about the meaning of "Florida native plant."

• Guide to the Natural Communities of Florida (pdf)

This pdf document was prepared by the Florida Natural Areas Inventory and Florida Department of Natural Resources in February 1990.

FEATURES:It contains an exhaustive list of plant/wildlife communities in Florida, each with a brief descriptive list of the fauna and flora indigenous therein. On pp.11-14 seven different Coastal Upland communities are described.


Native Plant Lists & Photos:

• ISB Plant Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants

Database by the Institute of Systemic Botany, the University of South Florida and the Florida Center for Community Design + Research at USF. Authored by Dr. Richard P. Wunderlin and Dr. Bruce F. Hansen and funded by the Florida Native Plant Society.

FEATURES: Browse or search for plants by scientific name, documented occurrences plant lists and maps by County, multiple photos of most plants and designation as native or not. Enter scientific name, click GO, click name link, click map and photo tabs. Or go directly to photos by clicking the camera icon on the search results page.

• Shirley Denton Native Plant Images Database

Massive searchable image database by nature photographer Shirley Denton.

FEATURES: A long list alphabetized by scientific name with a search field and page links by first letter. Outstanding images, most are the same photos she provides to the ISB Plant Atlas. Plants are designated native or introduced. Distribution is provided by links to the ISB Plant Atlas.

• Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

The link is to the Native Plant Page of their web site.

FEATURES: Several pages of photo collections devoted to natives. There is an excellent Mangroves page with photos of each type all on one page for easy comparison ... some snapshots of various types of Florida vegetation ... and a catalog of the woody plants of South Lido Key.

• Florida Wildflowers

The Wildflower Index page from Michael Abrams web site.

FEATURES: Dramatic closeup photos of Florida wildflowers, some from the Coastal Uplands.

• Plant Creations Nursery - The Stoppers Page

A page from the online catalog of this Homestead nursery devoted to the 4 natives known as Stoppers.

FEATURES: Although most of the plants on the pages of this Nursery's web site belong too far south to grow here, some of them are found on our lists as well. This page contains some jaw-dropping photos of mature Simpson Stoppers (aka Twinberry) along with good pictures of the Spanish Stopper and White Stopper all three of which are native to the Coastal Uplands on this coast.

• Florida Native Plants Nursery - The Plant & Tree Lists

This nursery's stock lists are well endowed with multiple photos of almost every plant they carry.

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Organizations:

• Florida Native Plant Society

The Society provides an extensive array of information and activities in the service of preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida.

• Gopher Tortoise Conservation Initiative (GTIC)

This organization is dedicated to conserving the gopher tortoise and its habitats as well as developing new habitats and relocating tortoises from development sites.

• Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch on Seagrape Trimming

This page on the Turtle Watch site contains articles on the damaging effect on turtles of excess light on the beach side of buildings and how proper Seagrape management can help solve the problem.

• Anna Maria Environmental Enhancement and Education Committee (EEEC)

This section of the City of Anna Maria Website outlines the goals and activities of this committee. Many of their programs focus on conserving and increasing native vegetation on the City's public grounds and educating the public how they can benefit from landscaping with natives on their own property.

• Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation

Sanibel has long been the leading community on the west coast of Florida in the effort to protect and expand Florida's natural barrier island vegetation. The foundation operates a large nature center complex that includes a shop, bookstore, and a native plant nursery (see below), as well as 4.5 miles of trails through various island habitats.

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Statewide Native Plant Nursery Finder:

• Association of Florida Native Nurseries

A comprehensive listing of most of the native plant nurseries in Florida maintained by their professional association.

FEATURES: Dropdown menus enable searches for retail or wholesale nurseries by plant common name or scientific name and also by their location. But caution is in order: do not travel any great distance to buy a plant listed as available at one of the nurseries without first calling to verify that it is indeed in stock and ready to be sold. Their stocks can change suddenly with damaging weather or unanticipated large orders. Nurseries have precious little labor to spare for the perpetual updating of stock lists. And there are probably some nurseries who only rarely cull from their lists plants that they long ago used to grow or were equally long ago sure they soon would grow!

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Local Region Retail Native Nurseries:

(Nurseries without websites are listed on the SOURCES page)

• Florida Native Plants : Sarasota : 730 Myakka Rd : 941.322.1915

Over 20 years in the business, this is now a full service retail-only native nursery run by professionals with complementary bacgrounds. Though located in the Florida Scrub, their plant stocks always include a significant number of Coastal Upland plants for the islands.

• Wilcox Nursery : Largo : 12501 Indian Rocks Rd : 727.595.2073

This retail native nursery grew out of a 50 year old family nursery and groves business. Their list covers a broad range of plant associations with many Coastal Uplands plants and even includes some hard to find species.

• SCCF Native Nursery : Sanibel : 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Rd : 239.472.1932

This nursery is part of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, and thus offers also many educational opportunities. Almost all of the plants they offer are also native to the barrier islands from there up to and including Anna Maria Island.

• Accent Trees and Nursery : Palmetto : 6205 16th Avenue East : 941-729-5959

This retail nursery carries a good selection of quality plants native to both the Coastal Uplands plant communities on the barrier islands from Tampa Bay south to Sanibel and also to the Pine Flatwoods plant communities that cover a large area from Hillsborough County through Sarasota County .

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Exotic Pest Plants:

Publications of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's EXOTIC PEST PLANT COUNCIL.

• List of Invasive Species in Florida

• Australian Pine Fact Sheet (pdf)

• Brazilian Pepper Fact Sheet (pdf)

• Melaleuca Fact Sheet (pdf)

• Herbicide Advice (pdf)

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Florida Statutes:

The chapter dealing with Beach and Shore Preservation and links to excerpts of pertinent parts copied from the 2004 edition of the Statutes.

• CHAPTER 161: Beach and Shore Preservation

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FDEP Publications:

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION - Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems publications covering, among others, topics relevant to the subject of this site (listed below the link):

• FDEP Publications Page With Links to PDF Documents:

• Coastal Construction Items of Concern

• Homeowners Guide to Coastal Construction Control Line (CCCL) Program

• Interim Sea Grape Trimming Guidelines

• Sea Grape Trimming and Sea Turtles

• Rules of Green Thumb at the Coast

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Dune Systems:

• Florida Oceanographic Online

A one-page article presenting a concise overview of how dune systems work.

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