The responses of native plant species to prescribed and natural burns were recorded for scrub, sandhill, scrubby flatwoods, flatwoods, swales, and seasonal pond communities. These frequently burned associations recover via sprouting in contrast to species in the sand pine scrub that are killed and recover via seedling.
Community response to fire of five vegetation types (sandhill, sand pine scrub, scrubby flatwoods, flatwoods, swales) showed that recovery occurred in less than 2 years for poorly drained sites and between 1-4 years for more xeric sites. Species composition following fire did not change from preborn conditions.
A floristic analysis of the ABS is described. Species diversity, successional changes and the effects of disturbance in relation to each community is provided, as well as a vegetation map and a brief discussion of endemic ridge species.
Topographic features produced by prolonged stands of sea level are recognized at elevations of 215-250 and 90-100 feet. Stratigraphic evidence indicates that the 215-foot shore line was occupied during the Upper Miocene and the 90-foot shore line during the Pliocene. Briefer stands have been distinguishable at elevations of 45-55 and 70-80 feet. These shore lines can be interpreted as being either Pliocene or earlier Pleistocene interglacial.
The article details the study of the Florida scrub jay in its natural environment, its reproductive habits, and its state of near extinction.
Nine plant communities (including sand pine scrub) are presented in this study, in addition to an annotated checklist of the vascular flora.
Research finding indicate that sand pine may be the best choice for use on sandhill soils. In tests against other southern pines, sand pine was much superior as far as cost, survival, response to fertilization, disease susceptibility, and reported insect enemies.
General overview of the biology of the Florida scrub lizard.
Part I describes the most important plant communities (including scrub) which harbor amphibians and reptiles of the state.
Part II discusses the fate of the Florida herpetofauna and how sea level changes have molded each community.