Native Plant Communities

Basin Marsh

Basin marshes are seasonally-inundated marshes in a large, typically peat-bottomed, basins.  They are seasonally inundated with long hydroperiods. For many, fire is a periodic occurrence and its absence can result in invasion by wetland trees. Typical vegetation includes sawgrass (Cladium jamaicense) and/or cattail (Typha spp.) and/or buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) and/or mixed emergents.


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Basin Marsh, Potts Preserve.  By Shirley Denton.


The large Corkscrew Marsh (C.R.E.W. wetland) in Lee County.  By Shirley Denton