About our Plant Listings
FANN lists and promotes only Florida native plants. Cultivars are listed as Florida native plants if they originate naturally within certain ecoregions as defined in our Listing of Cultivars policy.
FANN accepts and follows the definition of “Florida native plant” as adopted by the Florida Native Plant Society. With some exceptions, to specifically identify the nativity of a given species, FANN generally follows the Guide to the Vascular Plants of Florida, third edition, by Dr. Richard P. Wunderlin and Bruce F. Hansen, University Press of Florida. We also use the online Plant Atlas which accompanies this book. Exceptions are made in consultation with an in-house committee of our most senior members. Examples of exceptions include:
Where regional or local species variation occurs, FANN growers are encouraged to name varieties to indicate these variations until such time as the variety is recognized by taxonomists in an official flora of the state. Examples include Chrysobalanus icaco ‘Horizontal’ (Horizontal Cocoplum), Ulmus americana ‘Florida Population’ (Florida ecotype Elm), and Roystonia regia ‘Florida Population’ (Florida ecotype Royal Palms).