Hickey's Creek - Natural Communities

The dominant habitat at Hickey's Creek is scrubby flatwoods composed of slash pine, myrtle oak, Chapman's oak, sand live oak, and dwarf live oak, with a midstory of wax myrtle, tarflower, palmetto and hog plum. Understory plants include gopher apple, wiregrass, shiny blueberry, lichens, reindeer moss and earth stars. Because of lack of fire, some of the xeric scrub has reached xeric hammock stage. The area also has much smaller areas of mesic and hydric flatwoods. Freshwater marshes in the pine flatwoods are vegetated with fire flag, pickerel weed, arrowhead, maidencane, cordgrass, St. John's wort, buttonbush and wax myrtle.

Wet Pines
Jerry Cutlip
Lee County Parks and Recreation

Along Hickey's Creek, trees such as bald cypress, water hickory, laurel oak and Carolina willow, grow with button bush, water lettuce, spatter-dock, fire flag, redroot, pickerelweed and royal, leather and cinnamon fern. Hickey's Creek meanders through the site for approximately one mile in a southeast to northwest direction. The area adjacent to the creek is dominated by live oaks and borders the intermittent forested wetland associated with the creek. Other plants in this area include saw palmetto, dwarf live oak, laurel oak, hog plum and cabbage palm, with Spanish moss, shoestring fern and golden polypody fern.  Hardwood hammocks are characterized by an overstory of cabbage palm, slash pine, live oak and laurel oak, with saw palmetto, wax myrtle, beautyberry, Spanish moss and other epiphytes, golden polypody fern and shoestring fern.

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