Scrub and High Pine

This ecological habitat has many plants that are adapted survive periodic fires.  These the seeds of these plants often germinate only after fire has burned off much of the growth above the soil.  Many of the common trees found in areas described as scrub are oaks including myrtle oak (Quercus myrtifolia), scrub oak (Q. inopina), Chapman's oak (Q. chapmanii), and sand live oak (Q. geminata).   Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens), sand pine (Pinus clausa) and Florida rosemary (Ceratiola ericoides) can also be common in this habitat.  Additionally, many types of lichens can be found here including British soldiers (Cladonia leporina) and 'deer moss' or 'powder-puff lichen' (Cladina evansii).  The high pine consists of open stands of longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) with scattered turkey oak (Q. laevis) and a ground cover of wiregrass (Aristidastricta).

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Zebra longwing

JPG -- species photo


Rosemary grasshopper



Highlands Tiger beetle



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