Taken from the earlier book priceless florida and modified for a stand alone book this volume discusses floridas wetlands including interior wetlands seepage wetlands marshes flowing water swamps beaches and marine marshes and mangrove swamps introduces readers to the trees and plants insects mammals reptiles and other species that live in floridas unique wetlands ecosystem . Florida has 81 separate and distinct plant and animal communities that exist within its various ecosystems source florida natural areas hardwood hammocks provide habitat for a variety of epiphytic plants or air plants including native orchids and spanish moss margins of marshes and other wetlands under story plants include . Florida has lost over 40 of its wetlands since becoming a state many remaining wetlands are small remnants of what were once much larger contiguous ecosystems mangrove forests swamps found worldwide from approximately 25 to 28 degrees north and south latitudes mangroves forests are comprised of 70 or so species which have adapted to life . The south florida wetlands ecosystem is an environment of great size and ecological diversity figs 1 and 2 the landscape diversity and subtropical setting of this ecosystem provide a habitat for an abundance of plants and wildlife some of which are unique to south florida south florida . aquatic and wetland plants in florida our state is home to hundreds of native aquatic and wetland plants that live in damp to wet soils and some even more specialized plants that live entirely in on or under water submersed plants emersed plants including grasses sedges and rushes and floating and floating leaved plants
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