A field guide to the rare plants of Florida was a long-standing, special
interest of Gary Evink, State Ecologist and Ecological Resources Administrator in the Environmental Management Office of Florida’s Department of
Transportation. His commitment to this project resulted in its funding by DOT. Florida Natural Areas Inventory is deeply grateful to Gary for his
interest and commitment to the field guide and for his patient support during its preparation. David Zeigler, Project Manager for DOT’s Environmental
Management Office, has also been a supportive and understanding friend of this project, and we offer him our gratitude.
Three individuals are largely responsible for the successful completion of
this project: Gil Nelson, Jean Putnam Hancock, and Scott Krupenevich. Gil donated uncounted hours of his time to photographing many of the species
depicted here. He also designed and electronically formatted all the pages in the guide. Gil provided advice, support, and direction at several
critical junctures during this project, and I thank him for his dedication and friendship. Jean Putnam Hancock, botanical illustrator par excellence,
created the beautiful and botanically accurate line drawings that accompany every species account. Her talent, dedication, botanical insights, and
sense of humor are unmatched in the botanical and artistic worlds. Scott Krupenevich scanned and edited most of the botanical drawings, created
electronic maps, updated database records, provided several types of technical support, and otherwise faithfully and cheerfully contributed his
skills and meticulous attention to this project in ways that greatly improved the guide and insured its smooth completion.
I especially want to thank the photographers and field botanists who made
their photographs available, either free or at a low charge, to this project. The contribution that these high quality photographs makes to the
usefulness and attractiveness of this guide is immeasurable. The following list includes both photographers and individuals who assisted me in
acquiring photographs. Special thanks to Pineapple Press for allowing FNAI to use photographs from Gil Nelson’s books.
Alfred R. Schotz
Billy B. Boothe
Paul Martin Brown
T. Ann Williams
The illustrations included in the guide were drawn largely from herbarium
specimens. I want to thank the herbaria curators and managers who assisted this project by loaning specimens to FNAI: Dr. Bruce Hansen,
University of South Florida; Dr. Loran C. Anderson, Florida State University; and Mr. Kent Perkins, University of Florida. I especially
want to acknowledge Dr. Hansen for his all round support of this project and for answering so many taxonomic and distribution questions.
I would also like to thank Penny Isom and Dennis Hardin, of the Florida Division of Forestry, for donating 50 of Ms. Hancock’s drawings of
federally listed plant species to this project.
I am indebted to the botanists and field biologists who reviewed the species
accounts. They contributed many important criticisms, suggestions, and insights based on their wide experience in the field and with these taxa.
In spite of the best efforts of these reviewers, errors may remain in this guide for which I am entirely responsible. Many thanks to:
Paul Martin Brown
Two sources of information were vital in compiling distribution data
and taxonomic information for the species covered in this guide. The Atlas of Florida’s Vascular Plants is a comprehensive and
indispensable statewide database (www.plantatlas.usf.edu) developed and maintained by Dr. Richard P. Wunderlin and Dr. Bruce F.
Hansen of the Institute for Systematic Botany, University of South Florida. The Floristic Inventory of Southern Florida Database
(www.ftg.fiu.edu/irc), developed by Keith Bradley and George Gann of the Institute for Regional Conservation in Miami and presented
on the web by Fairchild Tropical Garden, is a very useful database for botanists working in south Florida.
I want to thank all the Florida Natural Areas Inventory staff who
patiently covered for me and provided moral support and inspiration during the months and years I dedicated my time to this project.
Special thanks go to Gary Knight, Program Director, who envisioned such a field guide many years ago and did everything possible to
assist this project to completion. Special thanks also to Amy Knight and Susan Hortenstine for their admini-strative and negotiating
skills. I also want to thank former FNAI staff member, Sine Murray, who got this project off to a good start with her characteristic
enthusiasm and creativity.