A floristic inventory and reassessment of the Flora of Sanibel Island (Lee Co.), Florida, U.S.A.

  • George J. Wilder Naples Botanical Garden
  • Jean M. McCollom Natural Ecosystems
  • Brenda Thomas Florida Gulf Coast University, Department of Integrated Studies
  • Karen Relish Naples Botanical Garden

Abstract

Sanibel Island (Lee Co., Florida) manifests eight main categories and 12 subcategories of habitats, and individual plant taxa occupy habitat(s) from one or more of those categories. Documented, presently as growing wild/apparently wild on Sanibel Island are individuals of 119 families, 397 genera, 611 species (including two hybrids), and 621 infrageneric taxa of vascular plants. Of the 621 infrageneric taxa, 420 (67.6%) are native and 13 (2.1 %) are endemic to Florida. We interpret the Island’s flora in terms of its history of severe natural and artificial disturbances.

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Published
2021-07-23
How to Cite
Wilder, G. J., McCollom, J. M., Thomas, B., & Relish, K. (2021). A floristic inventory and reassessment of the Flora of Sanibel Island (Lee Co.), Florida, U.S.A. Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 15(1), 201-260. https://doi.org/10.17348/jbrit.v15.i1.1061