Joe Budd has an exemplary population of Flyr's
brickell bush (state, endangered), a perennial herb with numerous
purplish-pink flowers. Usually found in sunny openings in dry,
upland pine-oak woods and on ravine slopes, Flyr's brickell bush
flowers from late August through early September.
Also called the umbrella tree, the pyramid magnolia
(state, endangered) is easily identified by its distinctive leaves
that spread from the tips of its branches. A resident of Joe Budd's
slope forest, the pyramid magnolia produces fragrant, white flowers
in the spring.
From a distance the rare and beautiful
silky-camellia (state, endangered) looks like a dogwood. In Florida
the silky-camellia is only found on ravine slopes in the Panhandle.
This deciduous shrub blooms in mid-April.
Photos by Don Francis
In February 2002, Joe Budd biologist Don Francis
discovered a large population of trout lilies blooming in the slope
forest along the Little River. Although common in northern hardwood
forests, the trout lily, also known as the dogtooth violet is
extremely rare in Florida.
Other rare plants
Alabama azalea (state, endangered)
Ashe's magnolia (state, endangered)
Bent golden aster
Heart-leaved willow (state, endangered)
Heartleaf (state, threatened)
Indian cucumber root
Orange azalea (state, endangered)
Wiregrass gentian (state, endangered)