​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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 (source descriptions beneath table).

​Co​mmunities​​FLUCCS ​(1)LONG ​(2)WARD ​(3)SCS ​(4)
Coastal strand​​X​X​X​X
​Tropical hammock​X​X​X​X
​Coastal hammockX​X​X​X​
​Xeric oak scrubX​X​XX​
Scrubby​ flatwoodsX​X​X​X​
​Xeric pine flatwoodsX​X​X​
​Mesic pine flatwoods​XX​X​X​
​Hydric pine flatwoodsX​X​X​
​Hardwood pine hammock​XX​X​X​
Hardwood hammock​XX​X​X​
​Unimproved Pasture​XX​X​X​
​Exotic Invaded​​XX​X​X​
​Tidal waters​XX​
​Tidal marshes​X​X​X​X
Tidal flats​X
​WETLANDS (Inland ponds/slough)
Aquatic marsh​X​X​X​X
​Cypress swamp​X​X​X​X
Hardwood swamp​X​X​X​X
​Wet prairie​X​X​X​X
​Intermittent ponds​X
​Exotic Invaded​​​X
NOTE:  ​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.​