Spring Break 2023: Pinus elliotti and Serenoa repens

Pinus elliotti, the Slash pine,
and Serenoa repens, the Saw palmetto;
Volusia county, Florida (11 March 2023).
Spring Break 2023

Here’s another shot from the fantastic pine-and-palmetto southeastern region of Heart Island Conservation Area. This can be surprisingly tricky habitat to traverse. While the slash pines are fairly innocuous, those saw palmettos can really cut you up. “Saw” indeed. When I think of Florida, this is the kind of habitat I first see in my mind.

ID Note: Though I believe these are dominantly Slash pines, I’m not too knowledgeable of our pine species in central Florida. Take this identification with a grain of salt!

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