Natural Setting and Vegetation of the Florida Panhandle. An Account of the Environments and Plant Communities of Northern Florida, West of the Suwannee River.
Final rept. 1977-1981,
CONSERVATION CONSULTANTS INC PALMETTO FL ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY DIV
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This report is a comprehensive treatise on the natural setting of the Florida Panhandle including geology, physiology, soils, climate and other physical features which collectively comprise and define the habitats and physical environments. The natural plant communities that are found in these various habitats are described. Ruderal vegetation and other semi-natural communities that have developed in response to disturbance and land management practices are also described. Successional trends are discussed and a number of physical factors are identified which must be maintained if a given plant community is to persist indefinitely. Changes expected in community physiognomy and floristic composition are enumerated which are caused by agriculture and forestry practices, wetlands modifications and other habitat management practices. A limited discussion is also included on paleoecology and endemism in the Florida Panhandle area. Keywords Natural history Plants Ecology History Land use Physiography Rivers Lakes Aquifers Floristics.
- Anatomy and Physiology