© Paul Martin Brown
Rare long-lipped ladies tresses
Triple N Ranch contains some relatively pristine
natural plant communities. Noteworthy are high-quality dry prairie
and hydric hammocks and floodplain swamps along Crabgrass Creek.
Some plant communities on Triple N Ranch have been modified by
altered hydrologic and fire regimes, past cattle operations, and
past forestry practices.
In December of 2002, botanists from the Florida
Natural Areas Inventory discovered about 200 plants of the rare
orchid Spiranthes longilabris (long-lipped ladies tresses)
across a large area in the mesic (moist) flatwoods and adjacent wet
Prescribed fire, cattle grazing, and chemical and
mechanical treatments maintain favorable groundcover conditions for
species such as quail and wild turkey and a host of dry prairie
adapted species including the crested caracara, Bachman's sparrow,
Florida sandhill crane, and many others.