A Guide to the Wildflowers of South Carolina
Richard D. Porcher & Douglas A. Rayner
More than 680 species are described in this unique guide, which groups plants according to habitat. And if, say, Chestnut Oak is the indicator species of a particular plant community, it is useful to know what a Chestnut Oak looks like — therefore many trees and shrubs are included as well.
To further this concept and acquaint the reader with specific habitats, 23 wildflower communities are described (see below), as well as over 50 wildflower expeditions: where to go, when to go, and what to look for.
University of South Carolina Press.
Drs. Porcher and Rayner have allowed this website to post the plant community descriptions found in the book:
Natural Wildflower Communities
THE COASTAL PLAIN:
The pine communities
The sandy, dry, open woodlands community
The calcareous forest communities
The bottomland forest communities
The peatland community
The pond cypress communities
The freshwater marsh communities
The freshwater floating aquatics community
The depression meadow community
THE MARITIME STRAND:
The maritime communities