Pine Flatwoods

pine-flatwoods.gif Cabbage palms occur within some of the slash pine flatwoods that are predominant here. Saw palmetto, wax myrtle and gallberry are common in the groundcover. Fire maintains the flatwoods community by controlling competing hardwoods. Natural fires have always been a component in the pine flatwoods and species here are adapted to fire. Slash pine has thick, insulating bark that protects it from the fire’s heat. Saw palmetto, gallberry and wax myrtle resprout quickly and prosper after a fire. Wild animals avoid the flames by fleeing or hiding underground. Later, they benefit from the nutritious regrowth of vegetation after a fire. Red-cockaded woodpeckers prefer to nest in pine stands that are kept open by frequent fire.


Cypress Sloughs and Domes

cypress.gif Bald cypress trees dominate this plant community and are mixed with willow, wax myrtle and other hardwood species. Airplants and a number of orchid species adorn the cypress trees, particularly in domes. Sedges and rushes tend to be more prevalent in the sloughs, while ferns are often common in the domes.


Freshwater Marshes and Prairies


Hundreds of small circular ponds dot the landscape of Corbett. These basins hold water most of the year and support stands of sawgrass, maidencane and St. Johns wort. Woody plant species like wax myrtle and seedling slash pines invade these wetlands when there is overdrainage or absence of fire.

Marshes are an important source of food and cover for wetland wildlife species. Herons, egrets, and other wading birds thrive on the abundant supply of fish, frogs and invertebrates. Common yellowthroats use the thick sawgrass for escape cover and nesting. Apple snails lay their cluster of small white eggs on vegetation just above the waterline. When other sources of water dry up in the spring, wildlife such as snail kites, river otters, woodstorks and alligators concentrate in deeper marshes.


Hammocks or Forested Uplands


Scattered throughout the WMA are isolated stands of cabbage palm, several oak species, strangler fig, pond apple, red bay, red maple, wild coffee, wild lime and tropical stoppers - a blend of temperate and tropical species.


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