Yesterday, John F. Townsend, left, and J. Christopher Ludwig, center, co-authors of the new Flora of Virginia, presented Governor Bob McDonnell with a copy of the book in the governor's conference room.
"Virginia's natural beauty is boundless," said Governor McDonnell. "It's great to have it all recorded in one place. My hope is that this book will encourage Virginians, of all ages, to learn more about our Commonwealth and spark an increased interest in the study of science."
Published in November by the nonprofit Flora of Virginia Project, the flora describes the 3,200 plants native to or naturalized in Virginia. It is the first comprehensive update to the state's original flora, published 250 years ago and based on collections and descriptions by naturalist John Clayton of Gloucester County, Va.
The new flora took 11 years to produce and was made possible with donations from hundreds of individuals and organizations. The project's designated partners are the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Virginia Academy of Science, the Virginia Native Plant Society, the Virginia Botanical Associates and the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
For more information, visit http://www.floraofvirginia.org/.