Mesic Flatwoods

Mesic Flatwoods

High-quality mesic (moist) flatwoods with old-growth longleaf and turkey oak are found on the Budd Tract. Shrub and herb diversity are high and include wiregrass, saw palmetto, wax myrtle, gallberry, blueberry, scare-weed, toothache grass, Florida dropseed, broomsedge, deer tongue, blazing star, various asters, rabbit bells, rattlebox, and milk peas. Yellow trumpet pitcher plants bloom in wet drainages. In other places on Joe Budd, pine flatwoods are dominated by slash pine planted by previous owners.


Bottomland Hardwoods


Occur along the major drainages and contain a variety of hardwoods including sweet bay, sweet gum, black gum, swamp chestnut oak, hickory, southern magnolia, red maple, and water oak.






Slope Forest

Well-developed closed canopy forests of upland hardwoods on steep slopes, bluffs, and ravines. Typical species include those normally found in the Piedmont and southern Appalachian Mountains such as black walnut, southern magnolia, American beech, basswood, white oak, and bloodroot. Many rare plants are found in the slope forest of Joe Budd including Florida merrybells, orange azalea, Alabama azalea, Ashe's magnolia, pyramid magnolia, Carolina lily, trout lily, and heartleaf. In April and May, one of the largest populations of the rare and beautiful silky-camillia blooms in the slope forest.



Pine-Oak Uplands

Slash pine, oaks, hickories, sweet gum, dogwood, persimmon, and many species of low shrubs. In the pine-oak uplands of Joe Budd is found one of only 7 known populations of the state-endangered Flyr's brickell-bush.




All photos by Don Francis


Cypress Swamp

Bald cypress occurs along the Little River and the shoreline of Lake Talquin. A few cypress ponds are scattered throughout the area and are dominated by pond cypress and water tupelo.

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