Rare plants

Flyr's brickell-bush

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.

Pyramid Magnolia

Pyramid magnolia

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.



Silky Camellia


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.




Trout Lily

Photos by Don Francis

Trout lily

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 
Florida merrybells 
Gulf spikemoss 
Heart-leaved willow (state, endangered) 
Heartleaf (state, threatened) 
Indian cucumber root 
Orange azalea (state, endangered)
Wiregrass gentian (state, endangered)

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American kestrels nest in cavities that they do not excavate. Instead, they depend on woodpeckers and natural processes to create holes in trees.

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