Cypress Reserve

Florida has the richest epiphyte flora in the United States. Of the approximately 85 native epiphytic ferns and flowering plants, nearly two-thirds are found in Florida only in swamps of the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve and Big Cypress National Preserve, and tropical hammocks of Everglades National Park. Florida’s epiphytes are in danger of disappearing because of wetland dredging and filling, coastal development, and an exotic weevil (Metamasius callizonus) that is attacking several bromeliad species.

Took this picture while in about foot deep water inside of a Cypress Dome  within the Big Cypress National Preserve. It was amazing!


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