Where: Throughout the park, but less common in dry areas. The Cabbage Palm is extremely salt-tolerant and is often seen growing near both the Atlantic Ocean coast and the Gulf of Mexico coast. Identification: The trunk can vary widely in appearance. Best Time of Year: All Fun facts: The state tree of Florida! Sabal palmetto […]
Where: Found in swamps, coastal swamps, and floodplain forests (hydric ecosystems) Identification: Small stature of a tree often has base submerged. Best Time of Year: Flowers in spring Fun facts: Undesirable for lumber: Wood is light and weak Native Americans (Miccosukee tribe) used pop ash wood for bows and arrows (light) and its bark for “women’s medicine”.
Where: In shallow water or wet soil Identification: Very large thorns (sometimes 4-6” in length) help to deter larger birds and other similar threats. Best Time of Year: All Fun facts: AKA “Give-Me-A-Minute Tree”. Its large and expansive root system helps to stabilize wet and mucky banks. Greenish-white bell shaped blooms are hermaphroditic.