Freshwater marsh is dominated by cordgrass in the
extensive marsh bordering Salt Lake. Salt-tolerant plants such as
seaside purslane, glasswort, and spartina are also found here.
Srubby flatwoods are transitional areas between
mesic flatwoods and oak scrub. Slash pine dominates.
Oak scrub occurs on deep sand ridges and is densely vegetated with
several species of low-growing oaks.
Mesic flatwoods on Salt Lake consist almost
exclusively of young slash pines with a dense understory of saw
palmetto, gallberry, rusty lyonia, and wax myrtle. Catesby's lily
(also called the pine lily) is found here and is expected to flower
more conspicuously in the future as managers conduct more frequent
Hydric hammocks are dense forests of hardwood trees
and cabbage palms. Hydric hammocks develop where the soil is almost
always saturated with water and where limestone is close to the
ground surface. The lush understory consists of ferns, palms, and
shrubs. An excellent example of oak hammock can be found along the
shores of South Lake.