Native Plant Communities

Alluvial Stream

Alluvial Streams are rivers and streams characterized by turbid water with suspended silt, clay, sand and small gravel. These streams generally have floodplains with natural levees, oxbow lakes, and other features characteristic of repeated stream erosion and deposition.

Florida has few Alluvial Streams.  The biggest is the Apalachicola River, though it loses much of its potential silt load right before it begins in Lake Seminole.  Others with alluvial characteristics at least seasonaly are the Yellow, Escambia, and Choctawahatchee Rivers.


Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI). 2010. Guide to the natural communities of Florida: 2010 edition. Florida Natural Areas Inventory, Tallahassee, FL.

Whitney, E.N., D. B. Means, A. Rudloe. 2004. Priceless Florida: Natural Ecosystems and Native Species. Pineapple Press.

Date Updated 2020-05-17 11:52:01


Florida's greatest alluvial river, the Appalachicola. Photograph taken at Appalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve.  Image by Shirley Denton.