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Florida Plant Collecting and Transport
Regulations and Permitting

University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS)

Plant collecting in Florida, whether for scientific, commercial or personal purposes, is, in most cases, subject to a variety of regulations. The information presented here is intended to help the plant collector determine which permits are necessary and how to obtain them. The laws and regulations in this regard are complex and subject to frequent change in content and interpretation. No claim to the accuracy and thoroughness of this information is made. Contact the agency responsible for administration of each regulation for current policy.

Two types of regulation should be considered when plant collecting:

Additionally, permits are required for the transport of certain noxious weeds intra- or inter-state and across international borders. It is completely prohibited to transport certain noxious weeds across international borders. And, the transport of CITES-listed endangered species across international borders is regulated.

Regulations vary, but generally apply to pressed and alcohol preserved specimens as well as fragments preserved for DNA analysis. The import and export of living material over international borders is subject to additional regulations not covered in this document.


Aquatic and Wetland Plants

Endangered Species

Noxious Weeds and Invasive Species


You should have permission of the property owner or responsible agency for all properties on which you collect plants. This includes:


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University of Florida Herbarium collections:
Vascular Plants | Herbarium Library
Bryophyte and Lichens | Mycological
Wood | Paleobotany (affiliated collection)
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Edited by: Kent D. Perkins, University of Florida Herbarium
Page last updated: 3 March 2013
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