Godfrey, Robert K. 1988. Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of Northern Florida and Adjacent Georgia and Alabama. University of Georgia Press, Athens, Georgia. Presented to me on my 43d birthday by my spouse, this book has been used more than any other in my possession. Peerless line drawings by Melanie Darst. Meticulous descriptions by my colleague the late Bob Godfrey, whose irreverent wit and rude charm are engraved in the happy part of my memory.
Horton, Waldo, Isabelle S. Thursby. 1938. Florida Honey and its Hundred Uses. Special Series No. 66, Florida Department of Agriculture. A nostalgic look at beekeeping in Florida.
Lovell, John H. 1926. Honey Plants of North America. The A. I. Root Co., Medina, Ohio. One of the two standard honey-plant books. A must-have.
Shimanuki, Hachiro, Kim Flottum, Ann Harmon 2007. The ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture (41st ed.). The A.I. Root Co., Medina Ohio. One of the two most-common general books on beekeeping, this work has a small section devoted to honey plants. Comments relevant to honey plants appear throughout.
Pellett, Frank C. 1946. American Honey Plants. . Orange Judd Publishing Co., New York, New York. The second of the two standard honey-plant books. Also, a must-have.
Sanford, Malcolm T. 2003. Beekeeping: Florida Bee Botany. Circular 686, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The University of Florida. An updated list and description by one of Florida's premier experts.
Tobe, John D., Kathy C. Burks, Richard W. Cantrell and twelve others. 1998. Florida Wetland Plants. An Identification Manual. Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Tallahassee, Florida. Given to me by my former student, friend, and advisor the late Kathy Burks, this manual uses line drawings, narrative, and abundant photographs, both close-ups and of the habitat, to guide anyone from the casual lay person to a professional. Highly recommended.