Cypress Swamp

cypress swamp

Located mainly at the north end of Canoe Slough, cypress swamps are shallow, forested wetlands with water at or just below the surface of the ground. They are dominated by bald cypress and include swamp fern. Cypress swamps are located along streams, in shallow depressions (called domes or heads), or along shallow drainage systems (sloughs or strands).


Improved Pasture

improved pasture

Previous property owners converted large portions of Spirit of the Wild to pasture for cattle grazing. Areas of improved pasture are dominated by exotic bahia grass and smutgrass. Wax myrtle has encroached on most areas of improved pasture.


Freshwater Marsh

freshwater marsh

There are scattered wetlands and one main slough (Canoe Slough) at Spirit-of-the-Wild. Dominant species include maidencane, pickerelweed, sand cord grass, hydrocotyle, little blue maidencane, frog-fruit, wax myrtle and arrowhead.


Pine Flatwoods

pine flatwoods

Approximately 1300 acres of natural slash pine flatwoods occur at Spirit-of-the-Wild. Understory species include runner oak, bushy bluestem, chalky bluestem, creeping bluestem, wire grass, wax myrtle and saw palmetto.


Mesic Hammock

mesic hammock

Scattered areas of mesic hammock are located adjacent to Canoe Slough and include live oak, cabbage palm, gumbo limbo and persimmon.

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