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.

References:

Florida Department of Environmental Protection. 1992. Soil and Water Relationships of Florida's Ecological Communities http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/wetlands/delineation/docs/soil-and-water.pdf

Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI). 2010. Guide to the natural communities of Florida: 2010 edition. Florida Natural Areas Inventory, Tallahassee, FL. http://fnai.org/naturalcommguide.cfm

Gann, G.D., K.A. Bradley, and S.W. Woodmansee. 2009. Floristic Inventory of South Florida Database. Institute for Regional Conservation. http://regionalconservation.org/ircs/database/database.asp

Myers, R.L. and J.J. Ewel (eds.). 1990. Ecosystems of Florida University of Central Florida Press: Orlando.

Simons, R.W. 1990. Terrestrial and freshwater habitats. Pages 99-157 in S.H. Wolfe, editor. An ecological characterization of the Florida Springs Coast: Pithlachascotee to Waccasassa Rivers. Biological Report 90(21). United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, DC.

USDA Soil Conservation Service. 1986. 26 Ecological Communities of Florida. http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00000110/00001

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

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Basin Marsh, Potts Preserve.  By Shirley Denton.

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