A checklist of the plants found on the Merritt Island peninsula and offshore barrier island complex encompassing Cape Canaveral is presented. The paper does not mention the various plant associations, however, many of the species common to sand pine scrub are included in the checklist.
This study examined how fire events affected flowering of two native palms found in flatwoods, scrubby flatwoods, scrub and sandhill communities in Florida.
Plants in fire prone environments lose a large amount of their above ground biomass to fires. In order to re-establish their stored reserves before the next fire episode, plants should quickly restore their canopies. This study measured leaf traits annually for 16 years for marked individuals of two palmettos, the wide spread saw palmetto and the endemic scrub palmetto. Both palmettos recovered quickly following fire. Because of their extended leaf life spans (2-3.5 years), canopies of burned palmettos contained elevated numbers of leaves following fires which should facilitate recovery of stored reserves.
Percentage of bearing individuals and mean number of acorns per bearing individual increased with increasing ramet size for all species across all vegetation types. This study suggests that long-unburned stands will maintain relatively constant levels of acorn production as a consequence of ramet replacement within the clones of oaks to create a variable distribution of size classes.
Long-term patterns of acorn crop sizes for five species of shrubby oaks in three xeric upland vegetative associations (i.e., sandhill sand pine scrub and scrubby flatwoods) of south-central peninsular Florida were studied for evidence of fruiting cycles and in relation to winter temperature and precipitation.
Post-recovery acorn production (percentage of bearing ramets (stems) and number of acorns per bearing stem) for four species of oaks was studied in southern sandhill vegetation in south-central Florida. Rapid post-fire recovery of acorn production in xeric fire-prone habitats is presumably the result of selection to increase the probability of recovery following intense fires that result in high oak mortality.
This study examined the community context of the obligate mutualism between the yucca plant and its yucca moth pollinator to determine the relationship among plant traits, the community assemblage, and fruit set in the Florida scrub on the Lake Wales Ridge, Florida.
Briefly describes the habitat, size, food and nest building attributes of the Florida scrub jay.
General overview of the biology of the Florida scrub lizard.
Part II discusses the fate of the Florida herpetofauna and how sea level changes have molded each community.