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Florida Sand Pine Scrub
Slash pine (Pinus elliottii), Archbold Biological Station, central Florida (c) 2008 Kari Segraves
Source of bioregions data: Olson, D. M. and E. Dinerstein. The Global 200: Priority ecoregions for global conservation. (PDF file) Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 89:125-126.
Distinctiveness (1=highest,4=lowest): 1
This is Florida's most distinctive habitat with about half of the species endemic to the ecoregion. Species must be able to survive in the dry, sandy environment. *
Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most
intact): 1 (critical)
The ecoregion itself is very small and only about 10 percent remains intact. Urbanization and the development of citrus groves is responsible for much of the loss and fire suppression results in the conversion to other habitat types.*
Fire-adapted longleaf pine-palmetto forest, Archbold Biological Station, central Florida
Pinus palustris (longleaf pine) and Serenoa repens (saw palmetto) (c) 2008 Kari Segraves hires
* Ricketts, T.H., E. Dinerstein, D.M. Olson, C.J. Loucks, et al. (1999) Terrestrial Ecoregions of North America: A Conservation Assessment. World Wildlife Fund - United States and Canada. Island Press, Washington, D.C. pp. 268-271.