- Pine Flatwoods
Because of seasonally wet conditions at Branan Field, the
overstory is dominated by slash pine. Longleaf pine occurs in areas
of slightly higher elevation. Soon after its purchase by the state,
dense stand of trees were thinned and burned Prescribed fires will
be used to maintain the open character of the pine flatwoods. Most
pines now are 20-30 years old and preside over a groundcover of
wiregrass, saw palmetto, gallberry and other forbs and grasses.
Carnivorous pitcher plants and sundews and showy wildflowers such
as lupine, occur throughout Branan Field. Low-lying wet areas
support cypress, gum, red maple and wax myrtle. Surface waters
drain offsite to Yellow Water Creek, through Black Creek, and to
the St. Johns River. Small areas dominated by turkey oak are
scattered throughout the area.
See management information.