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Native Bromeliads of Florida Hardcover – May 25, 2009
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This book is an excellent guide both for the amateur and specialist to the few native species of the Family Bromiliaceae to be found in the state of Florida. Of the 3400 species recognized in that family in North and South America, only some 16 species are native to Florida. (Only one species has been found in the old world;a small area in west Africa adjacent to Brazil). R.P.. Wunderlin's "Guide to Vascular Plants of Florida" lists two more species as established exotics that have escaped from cultivation; one is a Billbergia in Manatee and Dade counties and one a Dyckia in Pinellis county. Otherwise of the truly native species twelve are Tillandsias, one a Guzmania and three are Catopsis. (Two valid hybreds are also recognized). I'm afraid all native species are eclipsed in horticultural interest by the glorious array in central and South America. Only one species is truly endemic in Florida and that is T. simulata. All other Florida species are also found in the Mexico, the Caribbean and central America. Our most common species T. usneoides spills over as far as Texas and a few adjacent states but the other common and rare species are restricted in the United States to Florida. Though few in number some are of biological interest. T.Read more ›
After reading you'll have a good grasp of how to identify all florida's bromeliads.