and Bottomland Forest
Swamp/floodplain and bottomland forest is
characterized by an open canopy forest of widely spaced pine trees
with little or no understory but a dense ground cover of herbs and
shrubs. Mesic flatwoods occur on relatively flat, moderately to
poorly drained terrain. During the rainy season, water inundates
much of the flatwoods. Nearly all the plants and animals in the
flatwoods are adapted to periodic fire.
Photos by Jim Rodgers
Typical plants include water oak, live oak, red
maple, sweet gum, loblolly bay, American beech, and wax myrtle.
Cypress domes occur where sand has slumped around or over a
sinkhole. Common plants include pond cypress, swamp tupelo, and