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INDIGENOUS PLANT COMMUNITIES

 

Indigenous native vegetation means those plant species that are characteristic of the major plant communities of the county. Areas where invasive exotic vegetation has exceeded 75 percent of the plant species by quantity will not be considered indigenous vegetation. Per LDC Section 10-701, listed below are the major indigenous plant communities of the county.

Communities  (1) (2) (3) (4)
  FLUCCS LONG WARD SCS
Uplands:       
Adobe Reader RequiredCoastal strand  X X X X
Adobe Reader RequiredTropical hammock  X X X X
Adobe Reader RequiredCoastal hammock  X X X X
Adobe Reader RequiredXeric oak scrub  X X X X
Adobe Reader RequiredScrubby flatwoods  X X X X
Adobe Reader RequiredXeric pine flatwoods  X X   X
Adobe Reader RequiredMesic pine flatwoods X X X X
Adobe Reader RequiredHydric pine flatwoods X X   X
Adobe Reader RequiredHardwood pine hammock X X X X
Adobe Reader RequiredHardwood hammock X X X X
Adobe Reader RequiredRangeland X X X X
Adobe Reader RequiredUnimproved Pasture X X X X
Adobe Reader RequiredRuderal X X X X
Adobe Reader RequiredExotic Invaded X X X X
Wetlands:        
Adobe Reader RequiredTidal waters   X X  
Adobe Reader RequiredMangroves X X X X
Adobe Reader RequiredTidal marshes X X X X
Adobe Reader RequiredTidal flats X      
Inland ponds/sloughs X      
Adobe Reader RequiredSubmergent/emergent X      
Adobe Reader RequiredAquatic marsh X X X X
Adobe Reader RequiredCypress swamp X X X X
Adobe Reader RequiredHardwood swamp X X X X
Adobe Reader RequiredWet prairie X X X X
Adobe Reader RequiredIntermittent ponds X      
Adobe Reader RequiredCypress-pine X      
Adobe Reader RequiredExotic Invaded X      

 

*Due to the extraordinary number of species of grasses, herbaceous and woody plants, and trees that are indigenous to Southwest Florida, each species cannot be listed in this section. The following sources, which are referenced in the table in this section, contain the names of those indigenous plant species recognized as characteristic of each represented plant community:

(1) Florida Land Use, Cover and Forms Classification System. Department of Transportation, State Topographic Bureau, Thematic Mapping Section.

(2) A Flora of Tropical Florida, Robert W. Long and Olga Lakela.

(3) Rare and Endangered Biota of Florida, Volume Five--Plants, edited by Daniel B. Ward.

(4) 26 Ecological Communities of Florida, Soil Conservation Service.