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Old-Growth Definition for Tropical and Subtropical Forests in Florida.

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Date Issued:
1997-07
Summary:
In the United States, tropical and subtropical forests are found only in south Florida, covering the southern part of the Floridian Coastal Plain and the Florida Keys. The climate is typically hot and humid with abundant rainfall, although droughts do occur. Soils range widely depending on landform and parent material, and can be organic, fine-textured silts, or coarse-textured sands. These forests develop best on moist hammocks, with organic soils. They are the stable climax vegetation on the slightly higher portions of the landscape where fire is infrequent. South Florida slash pine (Pinus elliottii var. densa Little & Dorman) dominates areas with more frequent fires with the fire-sensitive subtropical and tropical hardwoods restricted to subordinate positions. Lower wet areas are occupied by cypress, saw grass, or wet prairie communities.
Title: Old-Growth Definition for Tropical and Subtropical Forests in Florida.
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Name(s): Outcalt, Kenneth W.
United States. Forest Service. Southern Research Station.
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Article
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 1997-07
Publisher: United States. Department of Commerce. National Technical Information Service.
Physical Form: electronic resource
Extent: 8 pages, 28 cm.
Language(s): English
Summary: In the United States, tropical and subtropical forests are found only in south Florida, covering the southern part of the Floridian Coastal Plain and the Florida Keys. The climate is typically hot and humid with abundant rainfall, although droughts do occur. Soils range widely depending on landform and parent material, and can be organic, fine-textured silts, or coarse-textured sands. These forests develop best on moist hammocks, with organic soils. They are the stable climax vegetation on the slightly higher portions of the landscape where fire is infrequent. South Florida slash pine (Pinus elliottii var. densa Little & Dorman) dominates areas with more frequent fires with the fire-sensitive subtropical and tropical hardwoods restricted to subordinate positions. Lower wet areas are occupied by cypress, saw grass, or wet prairie communities.
Identifier: FI07053126 (IID), 1042595 (digitool), fiu:23065 (fedora), AAC4933QF
Note(s): Electronic reproduction. [Florida] : State University System of Florida, PALMM Project, 2007. Mode of access: World Wide Web. Electronic version created 2007, State University System of Florida.
Subject(s): Old growth forest ecology -- Florida
Slash pine
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