Native Plant Communities
Conservation and Good Management Are Critical
Diverse, well managed ecosystems lead to Florida's high plant diversity.
Plant Communities are part of ecosystems. Ecosystems are generally classified in accordance with major environmental factors which include the following:
- Topography and Physiographic Position
- Disturbance Regime (such as fire frequency)
- Biota (insects, fungi, decomposers, wildlife, etc.)
- Biogeography (history including plate techtonics, ice ages, humans, etc.).
These interact together, each influencing the others. They tend to occur in repeating units in the landscape, but are not necessarily stable in composition or function over time. They should not be thought of as super-organisms, but nor or they plants occurring in isolation simply responding to physical environmental gradients.
Xeric (Very Dry) Uplands
Somewhat Dry Uplands
Dry Mesic Hardwoods
Dry Mesic Hammock, Pine-Oak-Hickory Woods, Upland Hardwoods, Temperate HardwoodsMore Info
Wetlands with Slow Moving Water
Lakes and Ponds
Acidic, Low Nutrient Lakes
Low Alkalinitiy Lakes, Low Nutrient Lakes, Acidic, Oligotrophic LakesMore Info