In more than 100 years of orchid research in Florida, Wild Orchids of Florida is the first field guide to be published for this orchid-rich state. Providing more than 400 color photos as well as line drawings by Stan Folsom, distribution maps, & detailed descriptions of each species, this guide should enable even the novice to easily identify any of the orchids found growing in the wild. Illustrated keys are provided to aid in identification. Each of the 117 species & varieties has a full page of text, a line drawing, & distribution map with a facing page of full-color photographs. Species deemed as naturalized, escaped, or waifs are also treated. A final chapter enabling the reader to use this book in the nearby southeastern Coastal Plain states makes it an even more valuable resource. Brown also resolves several sources of confusion regarding the naming & location of plants. A chapter on synonyms & misapplied names addresses the problem of multiple names for a single species & is unique among field guides. A section on the changing Florida county lines & their dates makes for a better understanding of the geography of Florida. The book provides a checklist & list of current literature references along with a cross-reference for synonymic, new, & misapplied names keyed on a page-by-page basis to Luer's 1972 Native Orchids of Florida.Brown, Paul Martin is the author of 'Wild Orchids of Florida With References to the Gulf and Atlantic Coastal Plain', published 2002 under ISBN 9780813024394 and ISBN 0813024390.