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New ‘Identification of Weeds in Florida Citrus’ Guide Available Now

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(UF/IFAS) — The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension bookstore has released an updated version of “Identification of Weeds in Florida Citrus,” a pocket-sized quick reference guide to weeds commonly observed throughout the state that may be frequently found in citrus groves.

“The comprehensiveness of this guide makes it useful not only for growers in the citrus industry, but it would also be a good tool for farmers, homeowners, naturalists or gardeners,” said Stephen Futch, co-author and a multi-county UF/IFAS Extension agent emeritus specializing in citrus for more than 34 years. “We added 33 weed species to this edition, expanding the resource it can be for those looking to identify an unfamiliar plant.”

The second edition features 99 weed species that could be found in citrus groves, agronomic farming operations, as well as other landscapes. The highlighted species include 57 broadleaves, 16 grasses, eight sedges, five day flowers and 13 vines. A full-color photo and complete description is given for each weed, with common and scientific names, along with its family, life cycle, plant form and height, description of leaf shape, stem, flowers, seeds, distribution and other information.

In addition to Futch, the publication was co-authored by David W. Hall, formerly with UF/IFAS and the Florida Museum of Natural History, and Brent Sellers, UF/IFAS agronomy professor based at the Range Cattle Research and Education Center in Ona.

 “Identification of Weeds in Florida Citrus” is $10 and can be purchased online at http://ifasbooks.ifas.ufl.edu/p-249-identification-of-weeds-in-florida-citrus.aspx, or by visiting the UF/IFAS Extension bookstore at 1374 Sabal Palm Drive in Gainesville. For more information, call 800-226-1764 or email ifasbooks@ifas.ufl.edu.

Source: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences