Let’s wrap up my Florida trip with this final post from my hike at Bronson State Forest.
Rosemary scrub habitats in Florida are considered to be a particularly endangered habitat. It thrives in sandy, old inland dune habitats and prefers to have a good burn once in a while—and well, you can imagine that sandy habitats and burning can be in short supply when people build homes right on top of and up next to the perfect habitat.
Sometimes the sand can be covered in deer moss and while the sand is fluffy and white, this makes it look even more like snow at times.
This Selaginella just needs a bit of rain to plump up again! This species is also showing up as having a range into Texas.
Vanillaleaf is a plant I’ve only become familiar with in the last couple of years after seeing people post it online. Unfortunately it isn’t in its lilac blooming glory and I didn’t crush its leaves to get the signature vanilla scent. A bit more info here
This was probably one of the cooler finds along the hike. Originally I thought it was a fungi, kinda like the ‘fungi’ I saw at Lake Livingston SP a few weekends ago, but turns out this was also a slime mold. Now I’m really on the lookout for slime molds!
Monk orchids are terrestrial orchids that were originally from Africa, later naturalizing in Brazil and since the 1970s they have taken root in areas throughout Florida. I enjoy them but we’ve also been known to pull them up when we’ve found them in natural spaces.
Always one to give you a giant leap back or a fumble on the trail if you stumble into their web at the last minute on the trail! So creepy and yet beautiful!
Finding an early harbinger of spring—well, one that was right on time for this area of Florida—was a delight to find on the trail. We’re just coming into their season here in Texas.
If anyone can tell me what this is that would be great! I’m sure it is a desiccated version of a common fern, I just can’t figure it out!
And that’s a wrap! Great hiking, great company, and great naturalizing!